As prime brokerage firms pull services to hedge funds, the argument for exploring equity finance options grows

Opalesque – In the newly released research report by Massachusetts-based firm Finadium "Trends in US Equity Finance Costs for Hedge Funds and Other Borrowers" author Josh Galper notes that the current cost of securities borrowing has many funds looking at their financing costs with fresh eyes.

"Firms just looking into the situation are behind the game, but not all is lost; there will be many opportunities to make, and lose, money in equity finance in the years to come," says Galper.

The growth of various fund fees such as equity borrowing comes at a time when many funds have seen decreases in budget resources due to investor redemptions and/or negative performance.

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