Asset-based lending hedge funds: The alternative’s alternative

Few corners of the credit markets were able to sustain themselves during the financial crisis and emerge strengthened. As a rule, the health of lending institutions and the issuance of debt instruments rose and fell together...

Who your director is doesn’t matter. Until it does.

Reflecting on the recent global financial crisis one can’t help but wonder what lessons have been learned from the experiences of many of the world’s hedge fund participants.

2010 status of nanotechnology investing:

Premier news publications featured abundant and broad-reaching headlines about nanotechnology, including ‘Nanotechnology Provides New Approach to Drug Discovery’; ‘Magnetic Fields Created Using Nanotechnology Could Make Computers up to 500 Times Faster’; and ‘Nanotechnology Holds a Key to US Alternative Energy Goals’.

Leaner and meaner? A Cayman perspective on hedge fund trends

This article considers recent trends in the hedge fund industry, as seen from the Cayman Islands legal perspective, following the upheaval of the recent global economic downturn.

Which way, the stream of time? The 2010 economic and regulatory outlook for US...

If you are a hedge fund manager with ties to the United States, you have a full plate. Never mind the basic challenges of generating positive performance on your portfolios and profitably running your business.

The business of running a hedge fund:

2010 was a transformative year for the hedge fund industry and served as a strong reminder that managing money is not the same as running a business. 

Comparing qif’s and sif’s to Cayman Funds: Managing the myth

To answer this question, it is necessary to have a brief look first at the features of QIFs and SIFs to try to identify what, if any, advantages they offer over Cayman funds; and secondly to consider the expected treatment of QIFs, SIFs and Cayman funds under the AIFM Directive. This inevitably involves some crystal ball-gazing as, at the time of writing, the EU legislative sausage-making process in the trialogues has not concluded.

Madoff: A Riot of Red Flags

Back to story > Madoff: Red Flags Greg N. Gregoriou & François-Serge Lhabitant, Madoff: A Riot of Red Flags (Jan. 2009)available via http://faculty-research.edhec.com/jsp/fiche_document.jsp?CODE=1234770344525&LANGUE=1 Greg Gregoriou and...

Volatility in the rare earth materials

  There are exciting nanotech approaches to many of the high-growth sectors that presently rely on rare earth materials.   

Agricultural commodities: the perfect storm

Paul Michael Jenkins, senior Investment Advisor with Bateman and Company Ltd continues his series of articles focusing on investment trends for the difficult year...

White List, will the Cayman Islands remain a key player in investment funds?...

There has been a great deal of attention focused on the Cayman Islands these past few months, more so than usual. Much of the debate as to what to do about the so called ‘tax havens’ has ranged from the White House, the G8 and the G20 to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.

The first bubble – or bulb – that burst

Back to story > Investing: The end of traditionTulip mania or tulipomania was a period in Dutch history when contract prices for bulbs of the...

Why fiction is clouding fact: Efforts taken by offshore centres to tackle financial crime

Sidebar:Onshore's Greatest Hits - Pressure on OFC's Nothing NewIn December 2008, the British newspaper The Observer ran a story that pointed the finger of...

Hedge Fund industry outlook 2011

Here we are, another year coming to a close. 2010 has truly been filled with uncertainty, anticipation and drama. Yet without all those elements, the hedge fund industry would not be the industry we know and love.

Cayman hedge fund liquidators not welcome in US?

First the US housing market unexpectedly threw the asset-backed investment world into a tailspin. Now, seemingly adding insult to injury, a pair of decisions from a prominent New York federal court have raised quite a fuss by ruling that the Cayman liquidators of two Cayman-registered hedge funds would not be recognised in US bankruptcy courts.

Captive collateral… are you leaving money on the table?

Due in large part to the financial crisis that has plagued the global banking system, letters of credit (LOCs) continue to be more expensive and harder to find. For those that are wondering “When are LOC fees going to go down?”

Lesson learned…?

During the credit crisis, investment funds utilised a variety of techniques to prevent significant redemptions from causing crystallisation of losses on trades; 

Effective risk management is not proprietary: The disclosure paradox

It has long been accepted that risk management is a core competency for generating absolute returns within a hedge fund strategy. Prior to the market downturn, hedge fund managers were able to diffuse investor requests for greater transparency in risk-management practices. However, investors, directors and regulators have been startled by the scope and magnitude of losses resulting from the market downturn and credit crisis, as well as recent breaches of fiduciary trust.

Hedge Funds: Here to stay?

From our vantage point in early 2010, we look back on the roller coaster ride of the past two years and see the tremendous change that our industry has endured. There were the heady days in late 2007 when assets under management (AUM) peaked ...

Exactly whose side is your lawyer on when

There is little doubt that the face of the investment fund industry has changed significantly over the past two years. The statistics show, however, that whilst the industry has been impacted by the global economic crisis, like virtually every other industry, it has perhaps fared better than most and might well have been kinder to investors (Bernie Madoff-type funds aside)