Thursday, 28 August 2014
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May 22 2009 | 10:37am ET
Given the events of the last year—hedge funds blowing up, getting beaten up and/or ensnared in a raft of Ponzi schemes—it’s no surprise that insurance costs for the industry are soaring.
Insurance for negligence, errors and omissions and professional indemnity have all gone up, Bloomberg News reports. Negligence insurance costs about 20% more today than it did six months ago, according to Brian Horwell or Miller Insurance Services.
Horwell said that a $200 million hedge fund with a “straightforward strategy” is paying $10,000 per year more for $5 million of coverage that it was at the end of last year.
The increase in errors and omissions premiums is more difficult to track, as it tends to be quoted on a fund-by-fund basis, according to Bloomberg. But those hedge funds with a lot of debt or more complex investments are likely to be the hardest hit by the rising costs of protection.
Meanwhile, professional indemnity insurance, which offers protection against loss or damage by a client or third party stemming from mistakes or negligence, costs about 10% more than six months ago, according to Fitch Ratings.
Aug 25 2014 | 11:21am ET
As many of you know, FINalternatives was recently acquired by the owners of Futures magazine, a firm called The Alpha Pages LLC. Today marks the soft-launch of a new sister site for both publications. As its name suggests, The Alpha Pages will cover all types of alternative investments, going far beyond the more well-known ones such as hedge funds and private equity. Read more…
Commodities/Futures magazine launched at the precipice of a revolution in the futures industry—really a revolution in the idea of risk management—that would move it from a small niche industry to ...