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Technology, compliance, access to platforms are driving hedge fund business decisions

Friday, October 18, 2013

Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York:

In a breakdown of the type of services that attracted the hedge funds to their prime broker, authored by I.A. Englander’s Managed Accounts & Prime Services (IAE MA&PS), hedge fund managers said that technology and reporting services are the key drivers for hedge fund managers when considering which prime brokerage to choose. This viewpoint echoes some new realities for hedge funds in a new survey from KPMG, AIMA and the MFA - "The Cost of Compliance," which shows that so far, managers have spent more than $3 billion in compliance costs over the past few years.

THE IAE MA&PS survey, which was conducted in September, polled hedge funds with $500m or less in assets under management (AUM). The KPMG survey was conducted between May and August of this year and includes the views of 200 hedge fund managers representing more than $910bn in assets under management (AUM). It also included in- depth interviews with managers from North America, Europe and Asia.

Managers are making significant investments in their firms’ infrastructure to comply with new regulatory requirements. The survey found that the average spend on compliance was at least (US)$700,000 for small fund managers, $6m for medium-size fund managers, and $14m for large fund managers. "What we're seeing in the data is that the common fee structure of 1.75/20, is facing a squeeze from this compliance burden, and .5 of that 1.75 is going to cover those costs. That's a......................

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