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from Funds Hub:

A kick up the…

It seems the UK Treasury Select Committee's very public chastisement of the hedge fund industry in January has had some effect.

rtrxsy1At the time, MPs zeroed in on the Hedge Fund Standards Board (HFSB) in particular and the relatively small number of funds it had signed up -- 33 in December -- even though these funds accounted for half of the European industry.

"You've attracted 20 fresh members in a year. If I was a trade union officer on recruitment I'd be sacked," quipped Committee member George Mudie at the time.

However, things have moved on and firms have been -- if not rushing -- at least moving slightly more speedily to sign up.

With regulation at a European and international level looming, hedge funds are increasingly aware of the need to be seen to be imposing best practice standards.

from Funds Hub:

Has the moment for greater UK hedge fund regulation passed?

Tuesday's grilling of UK hedge fund executives is likely to create plenty of noise but produce little in the way of new rules.

While media-shy TCI founder Chris Hohn and others will face tough questions from the Treasury Select Committee on financial stability, short-selling and other issues, it nevertheless seems that the pro-legislation lobby's position may be weaker than it has been in recent years.

For one thing, many hedge funds simply do not have the financial clout -- and therefore carry the associated risks seen by some politicians -- that they once did.