Morgan Stanley sees opportunities for prime brokerage in move to exchange clearing of OTC derivatives

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.


Choosing a prime broker is a bit like picking a marriage partner for life. While the majority of hedge funds now have multi-primes, they usually form a long and lasting bond with one. For Alex Ehrlich, global head of prime brokerage at Morgan Stanley, most hedge funds will view the success of the relationship on whether they feel a partnership-like arrangement with that bank.

“Markets are very challenging for investors with highly volatile economic situations all over the world. It doesn’t look

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