from Funds Hub:

Turn! Turn! Turn!

For all the political noise about hedge fund regulation, today's Turner review looks like a relatively easy set of rules for the industry to stomach.

rtrixobIn his 126-page document, mostly about the banking sector, FSA chairman Adair Turner says the watchdog will demand more information from hedge funds and says regulators should be able make rules in areas such as capital and liquidity if hedge funds start to pose systemic risks or become "bank-like" in their activities.

And while Turner points out hedge funds can pose systemic risks, he notes the FSA's already-extensive regulation of hedge fund managers.

Significantly, he clearly draws a distinction between the activities of hedge funds and banks, pointing out that hedge funds have tended to be much less leveraged.

Hedge fund industry executives believe they can live with disclosing more information to regulators, which mirrors proposals put forward last month by AIMA, a hedge fund industry body. AIMA, the PWG and the MFA have also written to the Financial Stability Forum, committing to work together towards global standards.

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Blowin’ in the wind

rtr22twuThe timing of the Alternative Investment Management Association's hedge fund disclosure initiative indicates just how strong the winds of change are blowing in hedge fund land.

Coming just a day after ECB President Jean-Claude Trichet called the credit crisis "a loud and clear call" for extending hedge fund regulation, the move shows the hedge fund industry feels it must be more active in deciding the future shape of regulation.

The move, which will include regular -- probably quarterly -- disclosure of systemically significant holdings and risk exposure to national regulators, goes further than that suggested at last month's Treasury Select Committee by Marshall Wace chairman and Hedge Fund Standards Board trustee Paul Marshall, who had proposed aggregating data through prime brokers.