LONDON, November 14, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --
Extreme market volatility, adverse global macroeconomic conditions, underperforming markets and low consumer confidence all colluded to create an extremely hostile environment for hedge funds last year. But in many ways, 2012 was rock bottom, and the hedge fund industry inevitably became stronger in the face of that challenge.
That is why 2013, despite a growing regulatory burden, is shaping up to be a better year, paving the way for sustained growth in the near future.
The World Finance Hedge Fund Awards represent the best players in the industry and offer an insight into the many success stories amid an ever-volatile marketplace.
Alongside this year's winners, World Finance takes a look at the industry's past 12 months and how it is that the hedge fund market has exhibited signs of growth despite being lumbered with a bad reputation and overwhelming regulatory requirements.
A new regulatory framework looks to rehabilitate the industry's image and the reassure the public of the value of hedge funds within the financial world. "While it is widely acknowledged that hedge funds neither caused nor played a significant role in the 2008 financial crisis, concerns regarding the impact of highly leveraged funds on the stability of the financial system and the perceived lack of transparency associated with hedge funds meant that increased regulation was inevitable," writes Paul Farrell, Gayle Bowen and Catherine Fitzsimons of Walkers Ireland, in the IFC 2013 Review.
For the hedge fund industry to capitalise on new opportunities in emerging markets, of which there are many, players must invest time and money in order to keep pace with the rate of regulatory change.
To read more about the challenges facing the industry as well as this year's winners of the World Finance Hedge Fund Awards, see the new November-December issue, available online and in print now.
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