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Quantopian CIO Said to Leave As Returns Disappoint

Nov 8 2017 | 11:16pm ET

 Jonathan Larkin, the chief investment officer of crowd-sourced quantitative investment algorithm platform Quantopian, has reportedly left the firm following disappointing returns in its inaugural hedge fund.

 

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Real Talk on Alibaba, Bill Walton, Shanghai Disney, and Electric Cars in China

Nov 13 2017 | 1:25pm ET

Today we discuss the weekend kickoff to college basketball and the bullish sentiment from one of the world's most unusual Alibaba analysts.

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BNY Mellon IM To Merge Three Boutiques Into Single $560B Manager

Nov 13 2017 | 7:03pm ET

BNY Mellon Investment Management will launch a specialist multi-asset management company next year that will combine the three largest boutiques under its umbrella into a single entity.

SBL Networks Debuts New P2P Securities Lending Platform For Hedge Funds

Nov 13 2017 | 6:42pm ET

London-based fintech startup SBL Network is prepping a new peer-to-peer securities lending network that will allow major institutional owners of equity securities, such as pension funds, insurance firms and sovereign wealth investors, to negotiate and lend those securities directly and transparently to hedge funds. 

SS&C GlobeOp: Hedge Fund Performance Index Up +0.86% In October

Nov 13 2017 | 5:45pm ET

Hedge funds notched their fifth consecutive month of positive returns in October and their tenth of the year to date, according to SS&C GlobeOp, while net asset flows advanced. 

FS Investments Taps Robertson For Key National Distribution Role

Nov 13 2017 | 5:28pm ET

Alternative asset manager FS Investments has named former Goldman Sachs Asset Management executive Ryan Robertson as the firm's national sales manager.

Post Oak Energy Capital Hits $600M Hard Cap On Fourth Fund

Nov 13 2017 | 5:17pm ET

Energy specialist Post Oak Energy Capital has raised $600 million in capital commitments for its fourth buyout fund, closing the new vehicle at its hard cap.

OMGI Seeds New Systematica Alternative Risk Premia Fund

Nov 13 2017 | 4:54pm ET

Leda Braga’s quant-driven Systematica Investments hedge fund has launched an UCITS-compliant version of its alternative risk premia strategy backed by $122 million in seed capital from Old Mutual Global Investors.

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Q&A: Decathlon Capital On Revenue-Based Alternative Lending

Oct 30 2017 | 3:49pm ET

The explosion in private credit activity since the end of the financial crisis is rapidly changing the capital formation landscape, says John Borchers of Palo Alto- based Decathlon Capital Partners, especially for established lower middle-market firms. Increasingly, companies that don’t fit the typical VC or traditional-lender profile are looking to non-dilutive, flexible and patient revenue-based funding structures that can underwrite growth acceleration and value creation. 

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CAIS: How Technology is Disrupting the Alternative Investment Industry

Nov 7 2017 | 5:35pm ET

If there’s one thing that alternative investment professionals can agree on, it’s that technology is reshaping the industry, writes Chris Duggan of Dart Enterprises in this contributed article. Just as robo-advisors and electronic trading have changed how we think about traditional investment management, technology is now poised to disrupt the world of alternative investment management. Indeed, an informal survey of attendees at a recent Cayman Alternative Investment Summit event in NYC, four of five respondents said that their firms will increase spending on data, technology or analytics in 2018.

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Lifestyle

CFA Institute To Add Computer Science To Exam Curriculum

May 24 2017 | 9:25pm ET

Starting in 2019, financial industry executives sitting for the coveted Chartered Financial Analyst exams will need to add a series of computer and data science topics to the body of knowledge they need to know in order to earn one of the industry's most selective designations.

The move comes as the fintech sector booms and quantitative investment models, algorithmic trading and alternative data sets play increasingly prominent roles in the asset management industry.     

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FINtech

Synechron: The 'Power of 3' Approach To Fintech

Mar 2 2017 | 10:08pm ET

As the fintech space expands and matures, financial services firms are increasingly turning to one-stop-shops that combine the best of start-up innovation in areas like blockchain with process, design and technology development capabilities that can all wrap together in pursuit of broad, strategic goals. The key, according to the team at New York-based Synechron, is what the company terms the "Power of 3" - being agile enough to meet the changing needs of clients, continually investing in R&D, and yet still being large enough to scale any global project.

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From The Archives

Due Diligence Beyond The Tear Sheet

Aug 12 2016 | 10:02am ET

For prudent investors, the ubiquitous tear sheet is ground zero for any further investigation of a fund; the more impressive they are, the more questions they raise. In our inaugural Trade Secrets column on due diligence, we look at a Brazilian direct lending fund whose tear sheet promotes performance that would make any investor sit up straight, including 100% positive months, a Sharpe ratio of 16.7, no drawdowns, and weekly liquidity. But is all as it seems?

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