Simon Lack, CFA, is a widely quoted investment manager whose book The Hedge Fund Mirage has gotten a lot of attention for its critique of high hedge fund fees, lays out some of the history of hedge funds and how investors have used them historically.
Robert Stammers, CFA, is director of Investor Engagement for CFA Institute and is responsible for increasing the use and distribution of Future of Finance and CFA Institute content by various audiences. Prior to joining CFA Institute, Stammers was the principal for his founded company where he consulted for real estate owners, lenders, and syndicators to develop and analyze structured real estate investments. There he devised strategy for obtaining debt and preferred equity capital and created finance-related marketing materials and research papers for various clients. Stammers has authored over 100 articles on various financial and investment topics for such investment periodicals as Forbes and Investopedia. He served as a senior equity analyst, where he was responsible for the creation of new investment tools and instructional products to provide the revenues for two new investment education companies. As a senior executive for several institutional fund managers, Stammers was the portfolio manager for a $1 billion enhanced real estate fund, a $1.2 billion private timber fund, and several pension fund separate accounts.
Pierre Wunsch, governor of the Belgian central bank, says domestic banks might be required to set aside extra capital against home loans. Lenders will be vulnerable if hit with a credit crunch because "net margins in the mortgage sector are too low," Wunsch says. MLex (subscription required) (18 Feb.)
The Securities and Exchange Commission has proposed allowing a wider range of companies to use the "test-the-waters" process, which lets prospective stock issuers discuss offerings with likely investors before bringing a deal to market. The process bars companies with more than $1 billion in yearly revenue. Pensions & Investments (free access for SmartBrief readers) (19 Feb.)
The list of companies planning to leave the UK is lengthening as Brexit approaches but no divorce agreement is in sight. The departure of Honda will eliminate 3,500 jobs, and the Netherlands says it has helped 42 companies relocate from the UK. Politico (19 Feb.)
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