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SEC Data From Form PF Reveals Interesting Hedge Fund Trends

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This report provides a summary of recent private fund industry statistics and trends, reflecting data collected through Form PF and Form ADV filings.1 Form PF information provided in this report is aggregated, rounded, and/or masked to avoid potential disclosure of proprietary information of individual Form PF filers.

This report reflects data from First Calendar Quarter 2013 through Fourth Calendar Quarter 2014 as reported by Form PF filers.2 Please see the Appendix for information on the categories of Form PF filers, the definitions of capitalized terms, a description of the boxplots used in several figures, as well as other technical descriptions.

Number of Funds and Advisers

SEC Hedge Funds

Gross and Net Assets

A Aggregate Assets by Fund Type over Time

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SEC Hedge Funds

SEC Hedge Funds

B Borrowings

SEC Hedge Funds

A Form PF Filer Categories

The amount of information an adviser must report and the frequency with which it must report on Form PF depends on the amount of the adviser’s private fund assets and the types of private funds managed. Reporting advisers must identify the types of private funds they manage on Form PF.

1 All Private Fund Advisers

SEC-registered investment advisers with at least $150 million in private fund assets under management are required to file Form PF. Registered investment advisers with less than $150 million in private funds assets under management, exempt reporting advisers, and state-registered advisers report general private fund data on Form ADV, but do not file Form PF.6 Not all Form PF filers report on a quarterly basis. Smaller private fund advisers and all private equity fund advisers file Form PF on an annual basis, while larger hedge fund advisers and larger liquidity fund advisers file the form quarterly.7 As a result of the difference in reporting frequency, information in this report related to funds that are reported annually may be dated by several months.

2 Large Hedge Fund Advisers

Large Hedge Fund Advisers have at least $1.5 billion in hedge fund assets under management. A Large Hedge Fund Adviser is required to file Form PF quarterly and provide data about each hedge fund it managed during the reporting period (irrespective of the size of the fund).

Large Hedge Fund Advisers must report more information on Form PF about Qualifying Hedge Funds than other hedge funds they manage during the reporting period. A Qualifying Hedge Fund is any hedge fund advised by a Large Hedge Fund Adviser that had a NAV (individually or in combination with any feeder funds, parallel funds, and/or dependent parallel managed accounts) of at least $500 million as of the last day of any month in the fiscal quarter immediately preceding the adviser’s most recently completed fiscal quarter. This report provides information about all hedge funds reported by Large Hedge Fund Advisers, including Qualifying Hedge Funds and smaller hedge funds. This report also provides an overview of certain data reported solely for Qualifying Hedge Funds.

3 Large Liquidity Fund Advisers

Large Liquidity Fund Advisers have at least $1 billion in combined liquidity fund and money market fund assets under management. On a quarterly basis, such advisers report on Form PF data about the liquidity funds they managed during the reporting period (irrespective of the size of the fund). This report contains information about all liquidity funds reported by Large Liquidity Fund Advisers (referred to in this report as “Section 3 Liquidity Funds”).

4 Large Private Equity Fund Advisers

Large Private Equity Fund Advisers have at least a $2 billion in private equity fund assets under management. These advisers are required to file Form PF annually in connection with the private equity funds they managed during the reporting period. Smaller Private Equity Fund Advisers must file annually as well, but provide less detail regarding the private equity funds they manage. This report provides information about private equity funds managed by Large Private Equity Fund Advisers (referred to in this report as “Section 4 Private Equity Funds”).

5 Other Private Fund Advisers

All advisers required to file Form PF that are not Large Hedge Fund Advisers or Large Liquidity Fund Advisers must file Form PF annually to report data about each private fund managed by the adviser.9 These “annual filing advisers” include smaller fund advisers, Large Private Equity Fund advisers, and venture capital fund advisers. Annual filers must provide specific information about each of the private funds they manage on an annual basis.

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