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. 

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)

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?”

The big five hedge fund expenses

Where do hedge funds allocate most of their spending?

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...

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...

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...

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 attractiveness of the Cayman Islands to Asian companies

Over recent years, the Cayman Islands has proven itself an increasingly popular jurisdiction of choice for the incorporation of companies owned or operated by parties in Asia, with the following being some of the key reasons for such popularity.

Lesson learned…?

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

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.

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.

Naked shorting and market volatility

In the summer of 2010, amidst the European debt crisis, the German Finance Minister Schäuble, when commenting on the financial industries complaints about financial reform, said “if you want to drain a swamp, you don’t ask the frogs for an objective assessment of the situation”.

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.

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...

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.

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’.

Investing in Asia Fund management from a Cayman perspective

We have been investing in Asian equities (excluding Japan) for many years and believe that there are multiple reasons to invest in the region. In this article, I will refer to Asia when discussing the Asia ex Japan region.

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.   
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