Gar Wood Offers Solutions To Reduce Risk During These Uncertain Times

In response to major market dislocations in the wake of the ongoing credit crisis and insolvency among premier global investment firms, hedge funds are taking a serious look at their prime brokerage relationships, with many seeking to diversify their relationships in order to reduce their risks and exposures. With the flight to quality, and the remaining bulge bracket firms at or near capacity, smaller and mid-size managers are looking to the boutique prime brokers more than ever. Additionally, many of the larger, more established funds are also looking to the distinct business models of the boutique primes and giving them greater consideration.

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When Midsize is the Right Size

Expected to expand to nearly US$3 trillion within 5 years, the hedge fund industry is significantly changing. To maintain their edge, hedge fund managers increasingly rely on their prime brokers to address growing investor demands, cost pressures and infrastructure requirements.

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Boutique Primes See Boom In Credit Bust

Last summer’s credit crisis—and the ensuing collapse of a number of high-profile funds—has rocked the hedge fund industry. Some prime brokerages have been especially hard-hit, slashing leverage and responding to calls for greater transparency, while others have escaped seemingly unscathed. In fact, smaller prime brokerage shops are thriving, as changes at the top of the industry present an array of new opportunities.

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Gar Wood Securities – An Impressive Debut

This year marks the 15th anniversary of the Global Custodian Prime Brokerage Survey, covering 25 noted prime brokerage firms. 2,853 hedge funds responded, and most answered at least 141 questions, effectively rating the services provided to them by prime brokers across nine service areas (client service, operations, hedge fund business consulting services, financing, securities
lending, reporting, capital introductions, technology and value). Gar Wood Securities made its debut this year to very favorable reviews.

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Clearing Strength Attract JP Morgan

JP Morgan Chase & Co., in a deal backed by the Federal Reserve, agreed last week to purchase faltering Bear Stearns at a discount price. Bear Stearns’ correspondent clearing unit, long second fiddle to the firm’s high-profile prime brokerage and trading businesses, could prove to be a significant acquisition for JP Morgan.

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Gar Wood Securities, LLC now offers Futures

Gar Wood Securities, LLC, is pleased to announce that they are now a member of the National Futures Association (“NFA”), and have expanded their product offering to include futures and FOREX, said Bob Jersey, CEO and founder.

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