June 21, 2021

Industry Research: SEC Releases Private Fund/Hedge Fund Industry Statistics and Trends in New Report

From the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC):

The Securities and Exchange Commission staff today published a report that provides private fund industry statistics and trends, reflecting aggregated data reported by private fund advisers on Form ADV and Form PF.

[Our emphasis] Most of the data in the more than 50 separate tables and figures is being made public for the first time.

“We believe that investors evaluating investments in private funds will benefit from access to this additional information about the private funds and their advisers,” said SEC Chair Mary Jo White. “These statistics also should facilitate constructive feedback and additional analysis that could be used by the Commission and others.”

Form ADV is used by investment advisers to register with the Commission and/or certain state securities authorities. Advisers must report on Form ADV general information about private funds that they manage, such as basic organizational and operational information, fund size and ownership.

Form PF is filed by SEC-registered investment advisers with at least $150 million in private funds assets under management to report information about the private funds that they manage. Most advisers file Form PF annually to report general information such as the types of private funds advised (e.g., hedge funds or private equity), each fund’s size, leverage, liquidity and types of investors. Certain larger advisers provide more information on a more frequent basis (including more detailed information on certain larger funds).

The SEC’s Division of Investment Management’s Risk and Examinations Office staff prepared the report, which reflects information reported from the first calendar quarter of 2013 through the fourth calendar quarter of 2014. The staff intends to update the private fund statistics report periodically.

The report includes statistics about the distribution of borrowings, an analysis of hedge fund gross notional exposure to net asset value, and a comparison of average hedge fund investor and hedge fund portfolio liquidity.

Direct to Full Text Report (Also Embedded Below): SEC Staff Report: Private Funds Statistics

Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC): Private Funds Statistics 2014 Q4 2015

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.

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