In today's competitive global economy, it's essential to partner with a firm that can leverage its global footprint to your advantage. At UBS, we offer a wide range of services, including prime brokerage and securities lending, to help you manage your hedge fund business efficiently and intelligently—maximizing its potential.
As an integrated firm, we create more value for clients by drawing on the combined resources and expertise of all our businesses. From global clearing and custody to flexible financing solutions, accounting and administration support, we provide hedge funds of all sizes and strategies with the coordinated services they need to optimize their opportunities and minimize risk. Clients can also take advantage of one of the best trading operations and investment research platforms in the world.
We build trusted, long-term relationships with our hedge fund clients by providing objective, strategic advice, as well as operational support to help them address their business challenges. Our team has the knowledge and experience required to support funds through the different stages of growth and to assist them in responding to new trends and developments.
Our securities lending specialists are strategically situated to enable us to gather and supply information and build a strong local presence in major leading markets, including London, Zurich, New York, Toronto, Chicago, Hong Kong, Tokyo and Melbourne. Teams work together to provide 24-hour global coverage across all borders, markets and time zones.
In addition to our own lending capabilities, UBS's extensive counterparty network includes inventory of UBS Financial Services Inc. as well as exclusive lending arrangements with the largest securities lenders around the world. Our proactive approach combines superior buy-in and recall protection with hard-to-borrow sourcing for the most difficult short-selling strategies.
As one of the world's largest wealth managers, we have access, as principal or agent, to over $1.3 trillion in U.S. and international securities. This pool is further enhanced by our ability to access a nontraditional supply of "fully paid" assets owned by our retail clients. In addition, we can create supply synthetically, and can often provide short access in markets that are closed to security lending.
Our superior credit ratings make us a preferred borrower with major custodians, third-party agents, fund managers and other bank portfolios.