Hedge Funds Review - 2007-07-01

Full steam ahead of the fund floating boat

The rush to launch permanent capital vehicles has not slowed, despite the grandfather of London's closed-ended, listed vehicle market replacing the manager of one of its key funds of funds due to what it saw as underperformance as David Walker reports

Beyond stock loan and margining

Merrill Lynch's Jeff Penney explains why the leading prime brokers have gone beyond talking about margin and lending, and why those such as Merrill Lynch have moved into the more elegant sphere of financial engineering for their hedge fund clients

Knowledge is power

Edhec's Noël Amenc and Mathieu Vaissié outline the information that investment firms' activity reports should contain if they are to measure and manage their risk effectively

Being nimble and fleet of foot...

Scotia Capital's Jim Buckley says an international profile and the ability to source and risk‑assess new market instruments are critical to good client relationships. He adds that being jack of all trades but master of none is little good for a prime…

Chicago's thriving hedge fund culture

The Windy City, despite its geographical distance from the main financial centres, is proving a hotbed of hedge fund action attracting portfolio managers from every international corner, says Scott Schweighauser, a partner at investment firm Harris…

Chicago: more than just a windy city?

When it comes to managing hedge funds Chicago, with its wealth of exchanges and universities, is like nowhere else, say the city's major service providers. Phyllis Feinberg gets the lowdown on the centre's service providers' offerings

Hedge funds fall for that Gallic charm

While institutional investors in France may be turning their attention to non-correlated returns, they know what they like (and don't like), and it pays for managers to find out first, as David Walker explains

Model mismatch

While mark-to-market may be the prefered route to pricing, sometimes it just isn't possible. The Bank of New York's Tim Murphy and Markit's Richard Earl look long and hard at models as they apply to the pricing for OTC instruments

This lunch packs an educational punch!

One lunch, four managers, many products. Solomon Teague observes the very different market predictions of a convertible bond researcher, property fund developer, an asset manager and investment committee chairman.

The new foundation for hedge funds

Hedge funds going digital was one thing, but boy, do they generate some data? More than you can put on a floppy disk, anyway, as Bob Guilbert from Eze Castle explains

Vive la difference, says Credit Suisse

In an increasingly complex marketplace of prime broking houses, it's the small differences between brokers that are likely to make or break the client relationship, says Credit Suisse managing director Philip Vasan

The responsive alternative...

Barclays Capital's Michael Brian explains hedge funds' nimbleness does put pressure on prime brokers to respond in kind but, as is the case with all rapidly changing industries, the cream does still rise to the top

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