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Hedge funds lead private asset mix

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York:

Institutional Investors account for some $6.7 trillion held in private funds according to new data released by the SEC, and of that the majority is going to hedge funds. $3.4 trillion or 54 percent was tied up in hedge funds, followed by private equity of which $1.7 is held by institutions.

12.8 percent of the assets in private funds are held by public pensions.

The report - the first of its kind released by the SEC - is composed of data from the Form PF and Form ADV filings. The data was aggregated and anonymised in order to show high-level trends about private funds, but little else.

SEC Chair Mary Jo White touched on the report during a recent speech before the Managed Funds Association on Friday - "The public availability of aggregated information should help to address persistent questions, and to some degree misconceptions, about the practices and size of the private fund industry."

Spokespeople for the SEC at the event told Opalesque that updated versions of this report will be available in the future although no clear timeline was given.

In her remarks, Chair White also noted that the SEC has found discrepancies in private fund disclosures, fees, and expenses in its examinations of private funds. She added that the commission will continue to be focused on each of these areas along with monitoring systemic risk. "As regulators maintain their focus on assessing systemic risk, there likely will continue to be e......................

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