Opinion

Testing boundaries with human and machine strategies

There is a growing sense that the alternative investment industry is starting to move into new and potentially ground-breaking areas


12 months on, the industry has a spring back in its step

Roll forward a year and the industry is in very much more buoyant shape going into the second half of 2017



Fees: shaping the future for an evolving industry

It does now seem absurd that for so long there was an ‘industry standard’ on fees – 2 and 20 – in an industry that is so far from being homogeneous


A time of opportunities, and a time of challenges

There was certainly no shortage of talking points at the HFI European Summit 2017 in Paris this month, as leading managers, investors and counterparties assembled at the industry’s big annual European get-together


A new model for a new era

In the hedge fund world, it is clear that the industry is going through a sea-change – and one that will create as many opportunities for those that are able to adapt to it as it poses threats to those that are not


Buffett wins bet this time, but what about the next 10 years?

You don’t get to be “the world’s greatest investor” without having a pretty cute sense of timing – and the Oracle of Omaha certainly has that gift in spades


KKR doubles down with PAAMCO Prisma merger deal

Many private equity groups have been enjoying a measure of Schadenfreude from the travails of the hedge fund industry of late – deriving no small satisfaction out of the perceived misfortunes of their counterparts in the hedge fund world at a time when their own fortunes have been on the up, at least for now.


After 2016, hedge funds need to prove the critics wrong in 2017

In many respects, 2016 was a disappointing year (some might say another disappointing year) for the hedge fund industry as a whole – in terms of both performance and perception.


The people have spoken, but what are they saying?

“The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter.” Winston ChurchillNobody ever put these things better


‘Elephant in the room’: time to change the conversation

Albourne founder Simon Ruddick has always had a keen eye and a sharp ear for the zeitgeist. And his recent


Giving customers what the customers think they need

“If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said a faster horse.” (Henry Ford)


Industry faces uncertain time post-Brexit

There may have been some prominent backers in the London hedge fund industry of an ‘Out’ vote in the UK’s



AMG votes with its wallet to back the industry’s future

It is good to see that there is at least somebody out there with a positive view of the outlook


An insider’s guide to making third-party marketing work

Although not universally popular or always successful, third-party marketers can play a key role in helping hedge funds of all shapes and sizes to grow their assets under management. But for the arrangement to work well, and to avoid potential mutual recrimination down the road, it is crucial that all aspects of the contract and the engagement are clearly defined and detailed. In the first of a two-part article on third-party marketing, Edgar Senior focuses on agreeing appropriate economics


Time to re-think the hedge fund model?

For many years, the managers held the power in this game. But now it is the investors who are calling the shots – and rightly so too. As the old saying goes, he who pays the piper calls the tune


The vital battle for public perceptions

In the public arena, people vote with their opinions. In the investment world, they vote with their wallets. Right now the hedge fund industry faces a very big challenge on both counts. In terms of public perceptions and investor satisfaction, this is a critical time


Why hedge funds ignore smart-beta ETFs at their peril

How much of a threat to hedge funds is the rapid growth in smart beta strategies? Edgar Senior, who has worked in both the hedge fund and ETF industries, outlines the key issues and challenges