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Hedge fund managers believe investors are satisfied with level of transparency, but investors say otherwise

Friday, March 20, 2015

Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia:

An overwhelming majority, or 90%, of hedge fund managers believe that all or nearly all of their investors are satisfied with the level of transparency they receive. However, about half, or 55%, of investors say they seek higher levels of transparency than they currently receive.

In a survey conducted involving 100 hedge fund managers and 300 institutional investors in North America, APAC and EMEA, Northern Trust found that amidst the rapid growth of the hedge fund industry and the complex regulatory climate following the financial crisis, hedge fund managers and institutional investors have differing views on transparency and independent controls.

"Despite the ongoing push for transparency, a majority of hedge fund investors are still seeking more insight into their investments," said Peter Sanchez, CEO of Northern Trust Hedge Fund Services in a statement. He added, "Bridging the transparency gap goes beyond costs. It requires a balance where investors get the reports they need while managers retain ownership of their unique strategy. We believe providing insight into risk is one approach to bridging that gap."

According to Northern Trust, investors place such value on transparency that many are willing to pay for it. Among those investors who desire more transparency, 78% say they would accept a 1-to-3 basis poi......................

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