Research

Now accepting nominations for the 2017 Absolute Return Awards

Last year’s winners included Brigade, Renaissance and Wexford. Please ensure you contact us to be considered.


The Perception Problem – Gasthalter retains top spot in annual hedge fund PR ranking

Though few funds opt for advertising, public relations engagements are on the rise.

Launch activity picks up pace though fundraising remains stalled

Some 46 new hedge funds in the U.S. raised $10.3 billion in the first half.



Machine madness: Systematic managers hit new heights in latest Billion Dollar Club

The biggest 307 hedge funds now manage $1.89 trillion.


State Street bests Citco in 2017 hedge fund administrator rankings

Citco finished second for the first time in the history of the rankings, which this year incorporated data from the Billion Dollar Club.


Administration Q&A: Deutsche Bank’s Georges Archibald

“On the political front, we have recently seen a lot of interest from managers in launching Luxembourg structures as a jurisdictional hedge to Brexit.”


Administration Q&A: Northern Trust’s Peter Sanchez

“Over the next five to 10 years, I think you will see very few standalone hedge fund administrators.”


Administration Q&A: MUFG’s John Sergides

“The concept of ‘cookie cutter’ models with low-cost outsourcing, at least for the more intelligent funds, has died.”


Administration Q&A: SEI’s Jim Cass

“Investors, particularly those on the larger scale, are increasingly interested in a manager’s and their service providers’ internal controls, disaster recovery, business continuity, cyber-security, infrastructure investment budgets, etc.”


Administration Q&A: Citco’s Jay Peller

“The concentration of top-tier administrators among a few large players has made the space highly competitive given the paucity of new business.”


Administration Q&A: SS&C’s Eamonn Greaves

“We believe the impact of consolidation has been very positive for the consumers of alternatives administration.”


Prime Brokerage 2017 Q&A: Deutsche Bank’s Marlin Naidoo

In conjunction with the annual prime brokerage ranking, Absolute Return interviewed Marlin Naidoo, global head of capital introduction and consulting.


Prime Brokerage 2017 Q&A: Credit Suisse’s Indrajit Bardhan

In conjunction with the annual prime brokerage ranking, Absolute Return interviewed Indrajit Bardhan, global head of prime services at Credit Suisse.




Prime Brokerage 2017 Q&A: Goldman Sachs’ Dean Backer

In conjunction with the annual prime brokerage ranking, Absolute Return interviewed Dean Backer, global head of sales and capital introduction in the prime services business.


J.P. Morgan closes gap on Goldman Sachs in U.S. prime brokerage ranking

Goldman Sachs remains top U.S. prime broker for sixth consecutive year.


Billion Dollar Club: Growth stalls as mega-managers undergo reshuffling

The biggest 309 hedge funds now manage $1.88 trillion.


New funds fall short despite handful of mega launches

New launches stalled pulling in $19.2 billion – the lowest total since 2010.


Goldman Sachs remains top prime broker for new launches

Absolute Return charted the new HF business earned by prime brokers in 2016.