The Need for Multi-Prime Brokers
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Overview: In the fast changing and demanding world of hedge funds, managers continue to chase opportunities by expanding into strategies that promise higher returns, while managing their operating costs. At the heart of any hedge fund’s operations is its dependency on the prime broker—or as is the case in most leading funds, dependency on multiple prime brokers. For smaller managers the structural challenges of adding a second or third prime can be prohibitive and many prefer the ease of staying in an existing relationship. Still, the requirement of multi-prime brokers is no longer going to be only a luxury for the larger fund managers but rather, with the increased industry and investor demands, will mean all hedge funds managers will, and are, moving aggressively towards having at least two or three or more prime brokers to service their needs.