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Rising rates: a good thing for bond investors?
Asset Management
In two recent blogs by my colleague, Mike Peters, he first addresses the concerns investors have about rising interest rates causing a bear market in bonds and then lays out what to expect for bond market returns looking forward the next couple of years. In the second blog, he mentions that interest rates higher than the 1-3% range we’ve had
Almost 50% of hedge fund firms plan to launch a new hedge fund by the end of 2016
Hedge Funds
  Global Hedge Fund Distribution – Spotlight On Alternatives by PWC Executive Summary Regulation sparks distribution awareness. A rapidly evolving regulatory environment has focused minds in the hedge fund industry. Systematically identifying and targeting sales channels and targets used to be an opportunistic rather than strategic activity at many hedge funds. But in the wake of new regulation, many firms
UK dominates Fintech100 list, but China is rising fast
FinTech
With all the hype over London's status as a global fintech hub, it probably comes as no surprise that the U.K. dominates a list of top fintech firms released by KPMG this week, but China is fast catching up. The “Fintech 100” lists the top fintech firms of 2015 and comprises 50 established firms and 50 rising startups. Of the
Wall Street refugees turn to fintech
FinTech
It's still easy to think that fintech is a little geeky, a proselytizing faith for smart oddballs with a host of camp-followers attached. But, as the Financial Times (paywall) notes: Some of the world’s highest-profile bankers have poured millions of dollars into the booming fintech sector during the past year as they tap into new technology providing online financial services
Daily Scan: US stocks end on high note ahead of Fed meeting
Capital Markets
Updated throughout the day December 15, 2015 U.S. stocks ended Monday on a high note after dipping earlier in the day. The Dow Jones Industrial Average was up 0.6%. The S&P 500 added 0.5% and the Nasdaq Composite grew 0.4%. U.S. oil dropped below $35/barrel Monday before bouncing back up to just over $36/barrel. The U.S. junk-bond rout continued into the new
Daily Scan: Stocks lift before Fed meeting; Sgt. Bergdahl to be court martialed
Capital Markets
Updated throughout the day December 14, 2015 Stocks ended Monday on a high note after dipping earlier in the day. The Dow Jones Industrial Average was up 0.6%. The S&P 500 added 0.5% and the Nasdaq Composite grew 0.4%. U.S. oil dropped below $35/barrel Monday before bouncing back up to just over $36/barrel. The U.S. junk-bond rout continued into the new week
Active managers embrace ETFs
Asset Management
After fearing the cannibalism of exchange traded funds, active mangers are embracing the strategy in order to keep up with competitors. Goldman Sachs Asset Management, Franklin Templeton, and Legg Mason are all breaking into ETFs to take on the traditional index kings BlackRock, StateStreet, and Vanguard, reports the Financial Times. These traditional active managers have a lot to catch up
Video: Bernanke talks growing up in the South
Lifestyle
Baseball and reading filled former Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke's childhood days, Bernanke says on this week's Wall Street Week. Bernanke tells about how growing up Jewish in a small town in the South shaped his future.
How not to squander your startup's new funding
Venture Capital
FRESHLY FUNDED, YOU CAN’T HELP BUT THINK THAT THE HARD PART IS OVER. THAT'S WHERE THE TROUBLE STARTS. Raising my startup's first $1 million (or $867,000 to be exact) was like a dream come true. It took a year and a half of hard work to convince 34 angel investors—to whom I will always be grateful—to give me enough money
Video: Skybridge gets Italian Christmas surprise
Lifestyle
Employees at Skybridge Capital were able to tell Andrea Bocelli "grazie mille" in person when the star tenor made a surprise visit to the hedge fund's holiday party. Bocelli popped by the event at the Hunt & Fish Club in midtown to serenade 150 employees with a rendition of "Ave Maria," reports TMZ. Bocelli was in town for a performance at