Institutional investors have long understood the value of diversifying their portfolios, and this usually means investing internationally.
But when they buy foreign equities, they’re actually buying two portfolios, the first being the long equities denominated in their base currency, and the second is that they’re shorting their base currency against the foreign currency they need to purchase the equity.
This presents institutional investors with a choice: they can do nothing and accept the risk of holding this foreign currency, hedge that currency exposure passively or manage it actively.
There is a lot of conversation around Artificial Intelligence (AI) among different participants in the institutional investing pyramid.
Investors are wondering if AI can get higher returns by extracting unexplored alphas or if it can reduce costs, and investment professionals are wondering how machine learning and AI will impact their businesses.
Right now there is a lot of exuberance, optimism, skepticism and fear around AI and the impact that it will have on financial markets. Here I explore five key questions that are important to ask regarding this technology and its role in finance.
More than half of institutional investors plan to partly or fully outsource their data management over the next three years, according to a new survey conducted by State Street Corporation.
Amongst the firms surveyed, 52% conduct all of their data management functions in house, however, by 2021, this is expected to fall to 36%, according to the survey results, with 15% aiming to fully outsource this function to an external partner.
“Explosion in data complexity has fundamentally changed the way asset owners and asset managers compete and operate,” says Subbiah Subramanian, global head of State Street Global Exchange’s data-as-a-service offering, DataGX.
By Obi Nwosu, the CEO and co-founder of the cryptocurrency exchange, Coinfloor,
It has been a challenging financial environment for investors since the financial crisis, and difficult to achieve returns on deposits and short term investments. In response to this, many have been seeking alternative investment vehicles to diversify their portfolios. Bitcoin is never far from the media headlines – but what will it take to convert this volatile retail bet into a viable investment option?
The key lies in stablising its price. Cryptocurrency is, of course, decentralised, which means there is no central authority putting measures in place to govern its price or manage volatility. This instability is currently preventing cryptocurrency from acting as a store of value, and subsequently achieving its originally intended purpose as the future of money.
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.
As cryptoassets continue to endure a tough bear market, Profit & Loss hosted an event called OnTheBlock to discuss what impact this has had on liquidity conditions.“Right now, we haven’t seen the wave of institutional money that everybody talked about in 2017,” said Martin Garcia, managing director at Genesis Trading. “The narrative then was very much that this is just the retail sector trading these assets and that when the institutional funds come in, it will grow to yet another scale.”To be clear, Garcia still thinks that institutional-sized money and liquidity will enter the crypto space, but that it will do so at a much slower and steadier pace than many were previously predicting.