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Regulation continues to drive hedge fund business decisions

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York:

Although it has been more than five years since the crisis and subsequent regulation of alternative investments, compliance concerns continue to drive a significant portion of business decisions for hedge fund managers according to the latest hedge fund survey from Citi Investor Services.

Previous Citi surveys have discussed key drivers of the industry since the global financial crisis, and throughout this period a broad and significant set of global regulations was being formulated. The complexity and scope of the rulemaking has so far had no real impact on the day-to-day operations of hedge funds. But now, with major implementation deadlines from the overhang of Dodd-Frank, Basel III, EMIR and AIFMD finally upon us, these regulatory drivers will now be the predominant force of industry change.

The exit of proprietary trading from sell-side organizations has allowed key aspects of market-making, inventory management and direct lending to shift from a dealer-dominated activity to one where major hedge funds have a key role in taking on market risk. This can be an opportunity for hedge funds, but one that comes at its own price.

The pool of collateral that hedge funds control is likely to continue to expand which could lead hedge funds to begin treating collateral as an asset class with which they can sup......................

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