Open for business: a look into prime brokerage

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Hedge funds remain conservatively leveraged despite a sharp fall in the cost of borrowing and the improved margin requirements on offer from prime brokers.

The availability of leverage for hedge funds has improved greatly in recent months, although it is not back to pre-crisis levels.

“The cost of borrowing is down significantly from where it was in 2008 and most of 2009, especially for credit strategies,” says Justin Press, co-head of prime brokerage at BTIG, which provides clearing and financing

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