Hedge Funds CFOs 2011

Hedge Funds CFOs 2011

Hedge Fund CFOs Worry Over Regulatory Requirements

According to a recent poll, hedge fund chief financial officers seem to be most concerned by new regulatory requirements and meeting the expectations of investors. Hedge fund CFOs said that adapting to regulatory requirements constitutes the biggest challenge for the new year.
While the economy remains a concern, hedge fund CFOs say addressing new regulatory requirements and meeting evolving investor expectations are the biggest challenges for 2011, according to a poll released today by SEI (Nasdaq: SEIC). The poll, conducted recently at the company's annual Hedge Fund CFO Forum, revealed that half of the CFOs attending the forum felt that addressing new regulatory requirements is the most significant challenge facing their industry over the next 12-18 months, while more than a third (39 percent) see economic uncertainty as their biggest challenge. The poll also revealed an ongoing shift in investor expectations, as 40 percent of CFOs said providing satisfactory risk data is the biggest challenge, outside of performance, in satisfying investors.

The poll points to the increasing importance of operational systems and processes in addressing regulatory changes and investor expectations. In fact, nearly a third of those polled said getting investors comfortable with the firm's operating infrastructure is their biggest challenge in satisfying investors. When asked about the biggest operational challenge, nearly half (44 percent) of respondents said increasing efficiency and scalability. Source

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