Hedge Funds & Vulture Funds
Their existence and their impact on the Indian Economy
The funds have given a plenty of opportunity for people to diversify their portfolios but they are very mysterious. Let us have a look in the context of Indian economy what effects does this mysterious funds have on the country.
Pralabh Bhargava (07BS2905)
ICFAI BUSINESS SCHOOL HYDERABAD
It is Certified that this project report "Hedge Funds & Vulture Funds " is the bonafide work of "PRALABH BHARGAVA (07BS2905) AND RISHIKANT (07BS3437)" who carried out the project work under my supervision.
PROF. S. V. SHESHIAH
ICFAI BUSINESS SCHOOL,
Survey No: 156/157, Dontanapally Village,
Shankerpally Mandal, R R District,
Hyderabad - 501504
We as a group take this opportunity to express our gratitude towards certain key people for their constant guidance and support, without which the project would not have been a success. We express our gratitude to Prof. S. V. SHESHIAH, ECONOMICS FACULTY ICFAI BUSINESS SCHOOL, Hyderabad. We extend our sincere thanks to our section friends whose guidance and encouragement was of great help in meeting the intended objective of our project.
Table of Contents
Hedge Funds Some Concerns
Micro Level Concerns
Macro Level Concerns
Benefits from Hedge Funds
Policy Options for Regulating Hedge Fund
What SEBI Is Doing
We have already seen that the existence of Hedge Funds and Vulture funds is inevitable in a rapidly growing economy like India. It does not only provide extra source of finance to companies but it also provides impetus to the growth of the economy. Due to the ever-increasing amounts under management and their unregulated and opaque nature, hedge funds have emerged as a key concern for policymakers. While until now, hedge funds have been left essentially unregulated, we are seeing increasing calls for regulation for both micro and macro level reasons. In our view, most calls for the regulation of hedge funds are based on a misperception of the effectiveness of ﬁnancial regulations, perhaps coupled with a lack of understanding of the positive contribution of hedge funds to the ﬁnancial system. There are real concerns about consumer protection following from the expansion of the consumer base. However, it would be misguided to relax accreditation criteria. A more important issue is the investment of regulated institutions, in particular pension funds, in hedge funds. Since such institutions to enjoy direct or indirect government protection, the investment in hedge funds has to be regulated. However, such regulations are best implemented on the demand side by the pension fund regulator, rather than by directly regulating the hedge fund advisors themselves. Hedge funds provide considerable beneﬁts, not only to their investors and advisors, but more importantly to the economy at large by facilitating price discovery, market efficiency, diversiﬁcation, and by being potentially able to put a ﬂoor under a crisis, a function not easily implemented by regulated institutions due to a minimum capital ratios, relative performance evaluation and other considerations. It would however be imprudent to leave hedge fund advisors completely unregulated since the failure of a systematically important hedge fund has the potential to create such uncertainty as to impede trading and in a worst case scenario cause a signiﬁcant damage to the real economy. These issues cannot be addressed by standard regulatory methodology such as disclosure and activity restrictions. Indeed,...
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