Day: 16 October 2018

Hedge Fund Performance Edges Lower in September

Hedge Funds slipped 0.02% in September according to the Barclay Hedge Fund Index compiled by BarclayHedge, versus a 0.57% increase in the S&P 500 Total Return Index. Year to date, the Barclay Hedge Fund Index is up 1.25%, while the S&P has gained 10.57%.
“In spite of interest rates reaching multi-year highs, US equities were able to squeak out a modest profit,” says Sol Waksman, founder and president of BarclayHedge. “However, hedge fund returns were mixed. Winners and losers were evenly split.”

Fidelity Unveils Digital Assets Business

Fidelity Investments, one of the world’s largest financial services providers with more than $7.2 trillion in client assets, has announced the launch of a new company, Fidelity Digital Asset Services, which will offer enterprise-quality custody and trade execution services for cryptocurrencies to sophisticated institutional investors such as hedge funds, family offices and market intermediaries.
The launch culminates a more than four year programme by Fidelity that started with initial research conducted in February 2014. The firm says it believes that distributed ledger technologies can enable entirely new business models, lead to the creation of frictionless capital markets and improve existing financial market infrastructure.

Lincoln Joins BNYM?

Profit & Loss understands that Claire Lincoln has joined Bank of New York Mellon in London. Reporting to James Taylor, global head of e-sales and EMEA platforms, Lincoln will focus on European clients as the bank extends its e-platform
Lincoln last worked in the FX industry in April 2016 when she left Credit Suisse after four years working in the bank’s e-FX sales including its proprietary platform and AES. Prior to that she spent almost seven years at Bloomberg in relationship management roles.

ADM Joins oneZero as FX Clearing, Liquidity Provider

ADM Investor Services (ADMIS) will be providing FX prime brokerage, execution and settlement services through oneZero Financial Systems’ EcoSystem.

This expansion of the FX services and distribution network will make ADMIS’s professional and institutional offerings available to a broader set of market participants.

“Having ADMIS join our EcoSystem greatly enhances the current offerings available to our users,” says Andrew Ralich, CEO of oneZero. “ADMIS is an established, well-capitalised firm with global reach. Their participation in our EcoSystem gives our customers new access to a counterparty that is highly regarded across the derivatives industry.”

ErisX Expands With Three Senior Hires

The recently launched platform for digital asset trading, ErisX, has hired Kelly Brown as chief commercial officer, Liz James as head of clearing and Michael Piracci as senior counsel.

Brown will be tasked with developing an “intermediary-friendly approach” to developing a safe and liquid digital asset market on the platform. Before joining ErisX, Brown was most recently managing director and head of intermediary, bank and membership segments at CME Group. Brown also held roles in institutional sales at Bank of America and Cargill Investor Services.