Money managers under the microscope
Hedge funds wishing to demonstrate their honesty to a sceptical world can now pay for a risk assessment to show they have a low risk of fraud.
For $15,000-$20,000 Protean Fraud Risk Appraisal will use its database of every such financial crime since 1997 to see if a fund shows any suspicious characteristics.
“We’ve evaluated every single fraud and worked out the common areas where fraud has arisen,” partner Nathan Sewell tells me.
While Sewell stresses there are no guarantees against such crimes, which are often committed by an individual or small group and can be very hard to spot, the certificate is designed to show a fund has ‘a low fraud risk’.
Hedge funds’ awful performance figures have been splashed all over the media for some time, but the effect this is having on the funds themselves could potentially be of deeper concern to investors.
According to a report by Moody’s, entitled “Market turmoil increases stress on hedge fund operations”, there are a multitude of potential dangers to watch out for as fund performance deteriorates and cost pressures grow.