Thursday’s Headlines: Hedge funds are adding compliance staff

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Transparency is the buzzword these days at the overwhelming majority of the nation’s hedge funds, according to a story in FIN Alternatives, a daily newsletter about hedge funds and private equity firms.

A recent study by KPMG and the Alternative Investment Management Association shows that 98 percent of 100 hedge funds surveyed have hired additional staff to deal with regulatory compliance since 2008.

The changes have been spurred by growing demands from regulators and institutional investors. More than 80 percent of the hedge funds report that they’ve improved transparency for investors while nine in 10 say they’ve seen an increase in demand for due diligence.

There’s been an upside to this increased attention to transparency and compliance: two-thirds of hedge funds say it’s paid off with new pension fund investments.


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The JOBS Act contains provisions lifting the rule that bans hedge funds from soliciting or advertising to the general public. []

The Securities and Exchange Commission has named the founder and chief operating officer of a Florida hedge fund in a lawsuit for their roles in an alleged Ponzi scheme. []

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