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Hedge funds shift attention towards creating ‘institutional credibility’

first_imgTranslating these ideas into spending patterns, 78% of the firms recognised their investment management technological infrastructure as being of vital importance to improving operational efficiency, with enhancing investment management platforms being rated as similarly important to meeting risk-management needs.In this context, a common concern of hedge fund investment managers remains the accurate translation of their trading objectives through to trade execution, with 36% saying the major obstacles to this seamless trading revolve around the variability or complexity of instruments, communication within firm (including mobile access) and accuracy in pricing and valuation.Currently, the majority of participant firms have investment management platforms that were at least partially delivered via pure in-house installation or in-house installation with some vendor-hosted components, with only 15% report having completely hosted infrastructures.Danielle Tierney, an analyst at Aite, said: “Respondent firms tend to employ somewhere between two and 10 different components of portfolio management and accounting infrastructure, with the median number hovering around five, although 15% of firms do employ a single platform spanning the front-to-back office.”Meanwhile, Deutsche Bank’s annual Alternative Investment Survey found that investors remain bullish on industry growth.Hedge funds are expected to reach a record $3trn by year-end, up from $2.6trn the year previous, it said.What’s more, nearly half of institutional investors increased their hedge fund allocations in 2013, while 57% plan to grow their allocations this year.According to Deutsche Bank, investors are “happy” with hedge fund performance – 80% of respondents said hedge funds had performed as expected or better in 2013, after their allocations returned a weighted average of 9.3% in 2013. The vast majority of hedge funds have assigned the highest importance to building a well-reputed and trusted institution to assuage fears over operational risk, according to a survey by Aite Group.In the second part of its ‘Hedge Fund Trends and Challenges 2014’ report – based on interviews with hedge funds headquartered in the US, Europe and Asia, with $900m (€660m) or more in assets under management (AUM) – Aite highlights the increasing importance of engendering ‘institutional credibility’ within the hedge fund sector.Nearly 80% of the hedge funds surveyed by Aite gave ‘institutional credibility’ the highest importance, possibly in light of the recent underperformance of the sector – it managed to deliver an 8% aggregate gain in 2013 against a 30% rise in the S&P, according to data from Eurekahedge – as well as the recent high-profile closures of QFS Asset Management funds and FX Concepts.On a cross-regional basis, 39% of those surveyed saw the key element of ‘institutional credibility’ as providing a robust institutional infrastructure to take on complex investment structures, while 23% regarded it as constructing an integrated solution suite allowing firms to leverage technology to satisfy investor and regulatory requirements.last_img read more

Mourinho scathing of Cardiff

first_img Mourinho, who is most likely to face a fine rather than a ban, went to sit with the fans, making the day of those he sat next to, but his own frustration was clear. Speaking prior to the FA’s announcement, Mourinho kept his counsel on his sending-off, but was scathing of Cardiff, who he believed to be time-wasting. Eden Hazard scored the controversial equaliser after Samuel Eto’o dispossessed Cardiff’s David Marshall as the goalkeeper bounced the ball, contrary to FIFA rules. That brought lengthy complaints from the Welsh club, but Mourinho had little sympathy. Mourinho said: “If I was in that game and I was paying my ticket, I would be worried with the fact that every time the ball was out or stopped and our opponent had to put the ball back in the game, it took a median (average) of 21.5 seconds. That is a waste of money. “When you multiply that by the number of times the game was stopped, you pay for 90 minutes but you see 55 or 60. “For me, that’s breaking the rules.” Mourinho insisted Eto’o’s interception was an “intelligent action” and that Marshall’s actions were a warning to aspiring goalkeepers, including his own son. The Portuguese added: “When I arrived home the first thing I told my kids who like to play goalkeeper: ‘See the goal and don’t be silly’. And he’s 12.” Mourinho disagreed with FIFA’s law 12, governing the incident, which states “the goalkeeper is considered to be in possession of the ball while in the act of bouncing it on the ground or tossing it into the air”. He added: “If, in this moment, FIFA says that it’s a foul, it’s a foul. “But I think Samuel did well. Maybe the referee did wrong. “In my opinion, that should be allowed as it was for years. No contact with the goalkeeper. “The goalkeeper has six seconds to have the ball. They had almost half a minute. That’s breaking the rules.” The Chelsea boss was charged on the eve of his side’s potentially decisive Champions League Group E clash at Schalke and given until 6pm on Thursday to respond. There were a number of controversial incidents in the game, none more so than Chelsea’s disputed equaliser, and Mourinho was sent to the stands by referee Anthony Taylor midway through the second half. Press Association Jose Mourinho is considering his response to the Football Association’s charge of improper conduct following his dismissal during last Saturday’s 4-1 win over Cardiff.last_img read more

Indian Premier League Shikhar Dhawan has no regrets on missing out on ton, says team win was important

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Indian Premier League News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. highlights New Delhi: Shikhar Dhawan displayed his mettle by blasting an unbeaten 97*, his highest score in Twenty20s as he helped Delhi Capitals win by seven wickets against Kolkata Knight Riders at the Eden Gardens on Friday. Dhawan’s knock and his 105-run stand with Rishabh Pant (46) helped Delhi Capitals surge to the fourth position in the points table. Dhawan had a golden chance to score his maiden ton but Colin Ingram smashed a six and that meant the left-hander was just three runs short of the landmark. Speaking in the post-match presentation, Dhawan did not rue the fact that he missed out on a century and stressed the team victory was far more important.“I knew it could be my first T20 hundred but the team goal is more important, hence I took that single rather than taking a huge risk. It’s totally opposite here compared to Delhi,” Dhawan said. The left-hander’s partnership with Pant was the key in Delhi Capitals registering a win against a Kolkata Knight Riders side who had dominated at home and also against other opponents in IPL 2019. Pant spoke about the plan with Dhawan as to how they wanted to approach the target.“Take the game deep and complete the game as soon as possible. In T20, when you are chasing, you need to control and pace your innings in such a way that you could complete the match in 18-20 overs. I don’t focus on what the bowlers are thinking. I just focus on my stuff. We (him and Dhawan) were just talking about taking the match deep,” Pant said.Dhawan said the pitch at the Eden Gardens was different as compared to the Feroz Shah Kotla, which drew flak from head coach Ricky Ponting. “It’s totally opposite here compared to Delhi. I was telling Dinesh (Karthik) the same thing. It’s a good wicket to bat on. Good for the bowlers as well as the batsmen, makes it interesting. In Delhi we have to adapt ourselves, hence we got to have that skill. I really enjoyed in the first six overs but I knew I had to stay till the end. I was getting the right thoughts and I had to take the game deep. Rishabh is such a big hitter he can always hit it out of the park,” Dhawan said.Delhi Capitals will take on Sunrisers Hyderabad at the Rajiv Gandhi International stadium in Hyderabad while Kolkata Knight Riders will take on table-toppers Chennai Super Kings at the Eden Gardens.center_img Delhi Capitals registered their second win against Kolkata Knight Riders in IPL 2019.Shikhar Dhawan’s 97* is his highest individual score in Twenty20s.Delhi Capitals are in the fourth position in IPL 2019.last_img read more

Dedicated to Johnetta O. Sonie

first_imgJust yesterday you were hereOwn to us as a child you grow one dayHaving promised us, you grew up to a womanNever had in mind that life was short for youEveryone looked up to you one way or the otherTrusting that you would be for a longer timeTo only know that God had it differentAll is now over you are goneOh! Thank God for the short time you livedSomeday we will meet up thereOnce you serve your Maker, there’s a pay for youNo one comes to live foreverIn heaven, there is no pain but joy and happinessEveryday as long as we live, you are on our minds.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

2nd Test: Joe Root expects seamers to shine as England remain unchanged

first_imgJoe Root said England will be unchanged for the second Test against South Africa on Friday at Trent Bridge, where he expects his seam bowlers make a greater contribution than in the series opener last week.Moeen Ali was the star of the England bowling attack in the first Test victory at Lord’s, taking 10 wickets in a Test match for the first time. He was well supported by fellow spinner Liam Dawson, but seamers took just six wickets in both South African innings combined.England’s pacemen bowled just ten overs between them in the tourist’s second innings, but Root expects Mark Wood, James Anderson, Ben Stokes and Stuart Broad to have more of an impact this time around.”We’re going in with the same team,” Root said on Thursday as his side look to build on their 1-0 lead in a four-match series. “It gives us a great balance if spin does come into it later in the game, but it might be that our seamers play a bigger part this week and that excites me. When they get the opportunity they’ll still be pretty fresh coming into the second innings later on in this game.”Broad has particularly fond memories of England’s last visit to Trent Bridge – where Broad also plays his county cricket – as Australia were skittled out for just 60 in 2015, with Broad starring, taking 8-15.”We’ve got great memories of here, and Stuart’s excited for another opportunity to bowl on his home ground,” Root said.advertisement”We’ve played some good cricket here in the last four or five years, and we want to make sure that continues this week.”The second Test gets under way on Friday, before the teams then meet at The Oval and Old Trafford.last_img read more