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UK’s largest hedge funds growing bigger, controls 82% of assets

Monday, March 24, 2014

Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia:

The U.K. financial services industry regulator Financial Conduct Authority said the nation’s largest hedge funds are getting bigger and now control 82% of assets under management.

In a survey of the U.K.’s largest hedge funds, the FCA said the country’s hedge fund industry manage about $470bn in assets and around 450 of these firms are registered with the FCA. The Bloomberg report added the survey included data from 49 hedge fund firms that manage about $481bn globally and from 106 funds, with $345bn in assets.

FCA head of supervision Clive Adamson said in the report, "With nearly 20 percent of global assets under management here, it is important that people have confidence in how we regulate this market. The challenge from us to the industry is to ensure that it operates to the highest standards of integrity."

The report said the global hedge fund industry is becoming more polarized as smaller players find it difficult to raise capital.

Despite a 12% increase in hedge fund assets to a record $2.62tln in 2013, Chicago-based data provider Hedge Fund Research said liquidations increased to their highest level since 2009 with 90......................

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