Tag Archives: hedge fund


10 Common Mistakes That Make Smart Investment Managers Look Naive – Part I

If managers are so bent on being perceived as “contrarian,” why do they insist on communicating their message in such conformist ways? How do you think Apple would look like today if Steve Wozniak ran oversaw marketing instead of Steve Jobs? What do you think would happen to Crest toothpaste sales if Procter & Gamble decided to turn product branding […]

DITMo: Hedging without Shorting?

by Peter J de Marigny, DITMo Capital, Newport Beach, CA In a bull market hedged portfolios generally underperform.  The problem for most investors is that reducing risk requires forgoing upside benefit.  Should reducing risk be a question of diversification only?  This is an approach of many financial advisors using mean variance historical returns to show an “efficient frontier” curve.  The […]

Essential Building Blocks to Hedge Fund Cyber Risk Management

The following article originally appeared in HFMWeek’s Cyber Compliance Focus. It’s not enough to have strong security policies. And it’s not enough to have robust technologies in place to ward off cyber threats. In truth, it’s not even enough to have both of these. An effective cybersecurity program, rather, can only be achieved through a consistent and comprehensive strategy that […]

A 9 Step Guide On How To Be Creative

  An objective approach to creativity, an oxymoron… perhaps. And I don’t deny that some people are more creative than other people. That said, when you run a marketing firm you are perpetually encountering moments where you need to be “creative.”  Unfortunately, you don’t bolt up from a dead sleep with the inklings of an idea like Nike’s “Just Do […]

Social Engineering: The Human Factor to Hedge Fund Hacks

The following article was written by Mark Coriaty, Chief Strategy Officer for Eze Castle Integration, and originally published as part of Opalesque’s ‘Other Voices’.  As financial firms become increasingly interconnected and globalized, their dependence on cyberspace has skyrocketed. While this amplified reliance on the infobahn has accelerated productivity and growth, it has also exposed firms to larger risks, such as […]

Cybersecurity Dos and Don’ts Your Employees Must Follow

October is cybersecurity awareness month so it is important to ensure that your firm and employees are prepared by using best practices, and security policies and procedures. Risk mitigation is needed to protect both the firm and its employees from savvy hackers and cyber attacks. Data breaches continue to wreak havoc on businesses, and the cost is continuously rising. According to the Ponemon Institute, […]

DITMo: Why Risk Parity Hedge Funds are Return Parity Vehicles

  As hedge funds increasingly employ new approaches to asset allocation there has been a rise in the use of Risk Parity funds.  The vulnerability of Risk Parity funds is that they allocate by risk rather than by value. That is actually a bet on whether equities will outperform the return of additional risk adjusted asset class allocations utilizing leverage. […]

Five Points from SEC’s 2016 Business Continuity Guidance Update

        In June 2016, the SEC delivered a guidance update for registered advisers regarding how funds (and their service providers) plan for potential business disruptions. Following are key takeaways from Eze Castle Integration’s Certified BCP Planners on how hedge funds and private equity firms can meet the SEC’s expectations around business continuity practices. Capture All Essential Components of […]

SEC Cybersecurity Hit List: 6 Items a Hedge Fund Better Have Covered

Earlier this week we presented at a Wells Fargo Prime Services breakfast briefing on cybersecurity. During the discussion, one panelist reminded attendees that the SEC has clearly defined (and communicated) its cybersecurity expectations. He recapped the following six areas advisers must have covered to demonstrate preparedness to regulators. 1. Risk Assessments 2. Governance 3. Training 4. Access Control 5. Vendor […]

Supreme Court Denies Request to Hear Newman Case

October 5, 2015 Dear Friends, Today, the U.S. Supreme Court officially refused to hear the United States v. Newman insider trading decision. By way of background: In December 2012, Todd Newman and Anthony Chiasson were convicted of securities fraud and sentenced to prison after their trades in certain stocks, allegedly based on a chain of material non-public information, resulted in […]