Douglas Christensen – Investment firms are moving more and more toward a situation in which they will be paying for research from profit and losses (P&L) instead of using client money. This isn’t necessarily due to firms seeing unjust value in using client money, but more likely a reaction to conflicting regulations across regions and requirements. Inconsistent regulations across regions have forced firms to dip into P&L to pay for research services instead of paying out of expenses of the fund. Investment firms, particularly the large and global, cannot be seen as treating clients differently based on their location. These changes have reverberated across the industry and are potentially doing more harm than good.
The Tokyo Metropolitan Government (TMG) has introduced the Emerging Manager Program, which includes initiatives such as operational cost subsidies for startups, real-estate accessibility following the hedge fund hotel mantra we saw in the U.S. in the past couple of decades, and more flexibility in terms of licensing for early-stage hedge fund managers-all with the idea of making it easier for a manager to seriously consider staying onshore instead of leaving to take their talents elsewhere. Additionally, to ensure hedge funds start off their operations on the right foot, TMG has launched a ‘Qualified Outsourcing Provider ‘ program to steer managers to the most reputable and knowledgeable providers around the industry while still maintaining cost control through the government subsidies.
By Foster Winans – Meet crowdfunding 2.0, a sophisticated, regulated, entrepreneurial version of platforms like GoFundMe that facilitate donations for people and projects. Instead of donating to a fund to help a local employer whose business was flooded out, it’s now possible for that employer to sell stock which could become more valuable as the firm recovers.
By– … Shoshana Wainer, Head of Compliance at Albar Capital, commented: “FlexNOW and Decryptex are stand-out products supported by highly-responsive and knowledgeable teams. Integrating Decryptex with FlexNOW allows us to review our trading from a compliance perspective quickly, reliably and with the granularity we need. …”
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The biggest factor affecting dark volumes in Europe is MiFID II’s dark pool caps, which limit the amount of dark trading in a stock to 4% of total on-exchange volumes on any one dark pool and 8% across all dark venues. Volumes are monitored on a retrospective 12-month basis every month, and those stocks breaching the caps are banned from trading in the dark for the next six months.