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Don’t get left behind on technology

Direct lending funds need to take a step into the modern world to deliver more value to their investors, Matthias Kirchgaessner of Plexus Investments tells John Bakie

Time to join the march of the robots

Private debt managers need to accelerate their take-up of new technologies to avoid becoming yesterday’s news.

PODCAST: The smartest ways for debt firms to use technology

Are fund managers missing a trick by applying old-fashioned methods to data mining, deal sourcing and investor reporting? We dive into the issues in this 20-minute discussion with Matthias Kirchgaessner of Plexus and Alex Schmid of ESO Capital.

Vistara Capital Partners holds first close of technology debt fund

The firm’s third vehicle is hoping to raise $100m.

Why China’s online lenders are feeling heat from the regulators

It’s survival of the fittest for the country’s marketplace specialists, with increased scrutiny designed to improve risk and underwriting standards. Adalla Kim reports

Staying positive when it comes to the crunch

Marketplace, or P2P, platforms claim to do well when conditions toughen. But there are concerns over expansion into new markets and a lack of skin in the game, finds David Turner

Fund services report: Beyond the blockchain buzz

Blockchain has become one of the most popular buzzwords in the financial technology space. But is there substance beyond the hype for the fund services industry, asks Claire Wilson.

Fund services report: 5 things to know about the industry

PDI breaks down the themes emerging in the private debt fund administration industry in 2018.

Fund services report: Facing the cybersecurity threat

As the cybersecurity threat grows and regulators crack down, fund managers must rise to the challenge or get outside help, writes David Turner.

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