Coaches Can Take Portfolio Managers & Traders To The Next Level

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By Rajan Chopra, CEO of Chopra Coaching LLC   Ask traders if they would like coaching to improve performance and one might either get a quizzical look or “Coaching? What’s coaching going to teach me that I don’t already know?” It’s understandable that many are skeptical about the value of coaching and resistant to it […] Read more »

Smaller Insurers Represent Sales Opportunity For Hedge Funds

By Gary Shub and Team at The Boston Consulting Group (BCG)     The quest to diversify assets as insurers hunt for higher returns in a low-interest-rate environment suggests that there might be a significant opportunity for asset managers—both independent and insurance owned—to curate and offer alternative investment products for small insurance companies in the […] Read more »

Feeling the Burn – How Emerging Hedge Funds Should Prioritise Spending

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By Diane Harrison, principal of Panegyric Marketing   As another year draws to a close, emerging hedge fund managers wrestle with how to grow their business to the next level, including how to survive another year of cutthroat competition for attracting investors. While the answers to this riddle can be numerous and complex, I thought […] Read more »

Hidden Risks In Large Institutional Hedge Fund Managers

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By Peter Douglas of GFIA   I recently chaired a Bloomberg discussion, targeted at small or growing hedge funds, offering advice on what investors are looking for. My panellists all had at least 10 years’, and in one case 20 years’ experience in the hedge fund or institutional asset management industry, in senior positions. The […] Read more »

Managing Position Size In Merger Arbitrage – VRX v AGN

By Hedge Fund Insight staff   The latest Weekly Brief from Lyxor Asset Management shows merger arbitrage as the best performing strategy this month (data up to 17th June). Merger arb is also one of the best performing strategies this year (up 3.3% YTD). The Allergan vs. Valeant Pharmaceuticals International deal was the hottest spot […] Read more »

Fixed Income Signals: A Red Alert for Compliance and Valuations?

by Deborah Prutzman, The Regulatory Fundamentals Group The SEC recently issued guidance about risk management in the fixed income market in light of the prospect of the Fed tapering its quantitative easing program and triggering a rise in interest rates. It noted that the net assets of bond funds are at “near-historic highs” with much […] Read more »

Question Of The Day – New Risk Measurement Methodologies For Hedge Funds?

Q.What are some of the new risk methodologies that are being used?  A. There are a lot, and the following may not be exhaustive but essentially I try to focus on creating an holistic risk approach, tail risk management and extreme events, dynamical correlation analysis and shift in correlation regime, dynamic volatility adjustment, macro risks […] Read more »

GFIA’s 7 Commandments In The World Of Investment

By GFIA Team, led by Peter Douglas The monthly “thinkpiece” as we call it in GFIA, is usually a qualitative commentary on what we’re seeing at the moment in our world. This month, however, we’re going to go over some of our learnings from 28 years’ exposure to the world of professional investing (and including […] Read more »

Are Hedge Fund Managers with More Than Two Screens More Productive?

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By Simon Kerr, Principal of Enhance Consulting I worked with a portfolio manager in the Eighties who got a list of prices over the phone each morning – he did not have a price terminal at all. Today everyone in professional money management roles will have a screen with a price feed (Bloomberg, Reuters etc.), […] Read more »

Is This The Most Costly Graphic In The Hedge Fund Industry?

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By Simon Kerr, Publisher of Hedge Fund Insight The world is full trusims and half-truths as well as data and information. The hedge fund industry has a disproportionate share of all of these. And this graphic and it’s heading are a major contributor to the truism and half-truth columns: “An alarmingly high proportion of hedge […] Read more »