UBS Mulls Shift For Proprietary Trading

Feb 7 2012 | 11:50am ET

As banks race to close or spin-off their proprietary trading operations, UBS is looking for a way to hold on to its unit.

The Swiss bank may move its prop. desks into its asset management unit, where it could manage client money as a sort of internal hedge fund, Bloomberg News reports. CFO Tom Naratil called the prop. trading operation a "very good profitable business," adding, "if we're successful in getting this into global asset management, we think there's a great way to show that we can use a proprietary trading strategy in a way that benefits clients."

And, as required by the U.S. Volcker rule, "over time, we won't have our money involved," Naratil said.

"We do plan to exit that business at the investment bank."

About 50 people would be moved to asset management if UBS chooses to go ahead with the plan. If it does not, many of them would likely follow their prop.-trading counterparts at other banks and join—or found—hedge funds.

UBS shuttered its last internal hedge fund, Dillon Read Capital Management, in 2007.


In Depth

Dillon Eustace: The Advantages of ICAVs

Feb 11 2016 | 7:51pm ET

As the growth of alternative investment vehicles continues, global asset managers...

Lifestyle

Citadel's Ken Griffin Donates $40M To New York's Museum of Modern Art

Dec 22 2015 | 9:23pm ET

Citadel founder Ken Griffin has donated $40 million to New York’s Museum of Modern...

Guest Contributor

Hedging Against Reputational Risk in the 21st Century

Feb 12 2016 | 7:18pm ET

For investors, the first step in researching a new fund or manager is to google...