New York, NY, December 01, 2009 --(PR.com
)-- Hedge Funds Leaders Forum 2010, "Generating Alpha in Challenging Times" (http://www.HedgeFundsLeadersForum.com), March 18th, New York City, will review ongoing actions by the SEC to regulate hedge fund trading. Galleon’s billionaire Raj Rajaratnam is now among more than 20 people and firms the agency has sued since Oct. 16 in its insider trading probe. Questions to be addressed by Hedge Funds Leaders Forum 2010, "Generating Alpha in Challenging Times" include:
· What would managers need to do to focus on the development of their businesses?
· Which steps are to be taken to ensure hedge funds are protected?
Hedge Funds Leaders Forum 2010 will also address the following topics, all of them top of mind among investment and hedge fund managers:
· How to Remain in Compliance and Survive the Returns Game: Hedge funds, which are coming under scrutiny for compliance with industry regulations, need to be concerned with market regulations, data privacy aspects and the need to meet compliance best practices. As investors conduct due diligence, strong compliance programs will be critical. Which aspects will demand hedge fund manager’s increased attention in 2010? How to develop a comprehensive hedge fund compliance program to meet these requirements? Is outsourcing part of the solution?
· The Conundrum of Outperforming the Market Without a Strong Dollar: Currency-focused hedge funds have lagged overall industry performance as investors have become increasingly concerned about structural exposure to a weakening U.S. dollar; the HFRX Currency Index has posted only a narrow advance of 0.18 % in 3Q09. What is the outlook for the dollar? Will the financial crisis have a lasting impact in the currency markets? Which currencies are most likely to strengthen the fastest? Which currency strategies will benefit from relatively hawkish central banks in 2010?
· The Rewards and Perils of Aggressive Risk Taking: The hedge-fund industry has shown remarkable resiliency. Hedge fund performance, as tracked by the HFRI Fund Weighted Composite Index, climbed 17.1% through September. Would the hedge fund model of doing proprietary trading with their own money continue ensuring careful risk management in the future? Would only hedge funds have earned the right to be the risk takers moving forward? Could there be another implosion waiting to happen, like Long-Term Capital Management in 1998?
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