With 14 managers on its Luxembourg-based Ucits platform, Bank of America Merrill Lynch is able to offer institutional investors a wide diversity of hedge fund strategies within a regulated framework.
Hedge Fund Research sees opportunities for hedge funds in emerging markets, particularly in Russia and Eastern Europe. It also predicts EU regulations could negatively impact Ucits hedge funds.
Deutsche Bank has had a second wave of expansion on its managed account hedge fund platform this year. It has benefited from an increased appetite for managed accounts from a wider investor base.
The computational requirements of Solvency II are driving the need for more computing power and data storage accessible on a scalable basis. Early adopters are leveraging cloud computing for their Solvency II implementation. Others are taking a more cautious approach, waiting for the industry to address key concerns such as security before they to embrace computing.
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European Union and US regulations could impact the way custodians do business with hedge funds. At the same time the relationship between custodians and prime brokers is also evolving.
A solid balance sheet is only one quality hedge funds look for in a prime brokers. Morgan Stanley believes a wide range of services offered globally and a consultative relationship is needed.
Independent Ucits platform provider Alpha Ucits says managers are attracted to products that are able to raise assets. Selection criteria are high, with the average AUM of managers above $1 billion.
Bloomberg has responded to changing regulatory and market conditions by creating a service feeding critical data, analysis and insight directly into enterprise information technology infrastructures.
Goldman Sachs advises start-up managers to focus on securing an ‘anchor tenant’ in the form of a seed investor or strategic capital provider. Creating a 'founding share class’ also pulls in investors.
Marketing Ucits hedge funds is challenging, involving education of an investor base often new to hedge funds. Hedge fund managers, too, are unfamiliar with this new class of investor.
Hedge fund managers value research from a global franchise covering a wide range of companies, markets and specific sectors giving a breadth and scope of coverage to build a complete picture.
In response to industry fears of a collateral crunch, regulators have revised the proposed rules on margining for uncleared over-the-counter (OTC) derivatives.You can find out more by downloading this white paper here.