Marshall Wace is one of the few European hedge fund houses that has been able to make its mark in Asia through a mélange of its TOPS products, hiring talented local portfolio managers and a strategic joint venture with GaveKal Asia.
Paul Marshall and Des Anderson
The bulk of this success can be attributed to the firm's rather unique information edge. In fact, the old adage 'knowledge is power' is highly applicable to the entire hedge fund industry, and most managers will boast an informational advantage of one sort or another. Managers' views vary on the utility of broker research and other sell-side information - some claim to eschew it entirely while for others it is one of several important intelligence sources.
However, Marshall Wace stands out from the crowd in the way it systematically harnesses the information that can be mined from service providers' recommendations and ideas. Founded...