Capital Markets

Jeff Ubben Steps Down As ValueAct Investment Head

Jeff Ubben, the activist investor who built the iconic ValueAct hedge fund into a $16bn powerhouse, is stepping down from daily oversight of its portfolio and handing the reins to his protégé, Mason Morfit, the FT reports.

 

Morgan Stanley: "Book Your Summer Holidays, But Put These Trades On First"

"Have you booked your summer holidays yet? If not, you probably should... Record-low readings of the VIX suggest that investors have little to worry about at the moment. In our view, the current low level of volatility seems unsustainable though, but the exact timing of a volatility rebound remains uncertain. Hence, it might make sense to put on trades that hedge against unexpected market moves over the summer."

Frontrunning: May 12

  • World stocks ease off record highs, Fed rate hopes boost dollar (Reuters)
  • Trump Escalates FBI Fight With Comey Attack. The FBI Fights Back (BBG)
  • Trump attacks on fired FBI chief meet resistance (Reuters)
  • China Stocks Are Tumbling Again. This Time, the World Doesn’t Care (BBG)
  • Yuan Becomes Oasis of Calm in China’s Volatile Markets (WSJ)

Chinese Black Swans? No Problem!

With bonds, stocks, and commodities collapsing amid a renewed wave of Chinese monetray conditions tightening, concerns over potential butterfly effects and potential 'black swans' are beginning to appear. However, as The South China Morning Post reports, the people of Shanghai have a solution for that...

Moodys Slashes Ratings On 6 Canadian Banks, Fears Asset-Quality Deterioration, Soaring Household Debt

Amid Poloz-described "unsustainable prices" in various cities, and just days after the collapse of Canadian mortgage lender Home Capital Group and our discussion of the dire state of Canadian savers (and their record household debt), Moodys has cut the rating son six of Canada's largest banks because of "ongoing concerns that expanding levels of private-sector debt could weaken asset quality in the future."