SEC outdoes Europe on hedge fund, private equity disclosures

US to ban preferential treatment and introduce quarterly performance updates in rule shake-up

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The Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) plan to make hedge fund and private equity managers provide their investors with quarterly performance updates will make the US a tougher place for private funds to do business in than Europe.

Regulators in the European Union require funds to publish annual reports, although they must release a one-off update if the fund’s leverage or liquidity changes a lot.

The proposed US rules will also stop the managers of private funds, which are less

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