Schonfeld is rolling out a team focused on credit in another sign of Wall Street's rising interest in debt investing
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But first, the new lenders are here.
1. Everybody wants to be a lender these days
Stop me if you've heard this before, but a Wall Street firm wants to invest in debt.
Schonfeld Strategic Advisors, the $14 billion family-office-turned-hedge fund is building out a new group focused on credit within its macro trading business, Insider reports.
The group will be run by former Anchorage Capital Group trader Andrew Silverman, and its part of the Schonfeld's bigger plans to grow into a multi-manager hedge fund powerhouse, Insider's Alyson Velati reports.
If you've been paying attention to the newsletter (and shame on you if you haven't), Schonfeld's move shouldn't be too surprising. Seemingly everyone on the Street wants to get in on some type of debt investing, whether it be the trading of it (in Schonfeld's case) or via private credit like BlackRock, Owl Rock, and Blackstone.
And it makes sense! Interest rates are high and market volatility has banks skittish, which means people are looking for alternative avenues to borrow money.
Finance firms are happy to oblige because credit is complicated and complicated is good.
A general rule on Wall Street is that firms like to build businesses around complex things. A simple process means it is easily repeatable by someone else, which means more competition, which means smaller margins, which means less profit.
But something complex — like credit, per say — provides plenty of intricacies and nuance.
Firms can roll out a bunch of fancy people with fancy degrees that use fancy words to prove how sophisticated what they are doing is. And while it might seem confusing, it really boils down to being able to charge a lot more money for their services.
Sure, that might be a cynical take. But it's not that wrong! Finance firms thrive on making it seem like they can offer you something no one else can.
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