Money managers under the microscope
USS pension fund expands its internal investment team – Financial News
Lord Myners played a cheeky game of bull and bear with Paul Marshall, the co-founder of hedge fund company Marshall Wace, at the close of his Q&A session at the Fund Forum in Monaco this morning.
After a playful grilling by Lord Myners, which ran the gamut from the problems of gating amongst hedge funds to Marshall Wace’s interest in being a Red Knight for Manchester United football club, Lord Myners fired various concepts at Marshall in a quickfire round, inviting him to choose whether he was a bull or a bear.
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Hedge funds won’t die - Institutional Investor
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Marshall Wace returns 26 pct with Japan fund- Bloomberg
Co-founder Blochet exits Brevan Howard – Reuters
High frequency trading strategies have been in the news for all sorts of reasons recently, attracting controversy over their effect on markets, whether some other investors may be disadvantaged, or for the level of fees piled up as the trades tick through in their thousands.
However, Ian Wace, co-founder of Marshall Wace — one of Europe’s biggest hedge fund firms with assets estimated by EuroHedge at $6.5 billion at the end of last year — has leaped to the industry’s defence, citing performance from the firm’s own Eureka fund.
The timing of the Alternative Investment Management Association’s hedge fund disclosure initiative indicates just how strong the winds of change are blowing in hedge fund land.
Coming just a day after ECB President Jean-Claude Trichet called the credit crisis “a loud and clear call” for extending hedge fund regulation, the move shows the hedge fund industry feels it must be more active in deciding the future shape of regulation.
Tuesday’s Treasury Select Committee grilling of the hedge fund industry proved a lively affair (if somewhat hot in a crammed Westminster room), but you have to wonder how well diversified their choice of witnesses is.
As well as Chris Hohn, co-founder of TCI, the Committee picked BlackRock’s head of alternatives Douglas Shaw — a previous employee of TCI.