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Digital Subscriptions > The Hedge Fund Journal > Issue 127 - October 2017 > Does a Hedge Fund Need a PRIIPs KID?

Does a Hedge Fund Need a PRIIPs KID?

Take a moment to understand how it works

The EU’s new PRIIPs regulation will come into force on 1 January 2018, requiring many firms to prepare a “key information document” for certain financial products that are sold to EU retail investors. Given that most hedge funds are not aimed at the retail market – and with the PRIIPs regulation arriving just two days before MiFID 2 – the industry’s attention has understandably been focused elsewhere. But the PRIIPs regulation will catch many hedge fund managers, and it is worth taking a moment to understand how it works.

What is a PRIIP?

PRIIPs are “packaged retail and insurance-based investment products”. The term encompasses, among other things, any investment where the amount repayable fluctuates with the performance of underlying assets. It therefore includes interests in open-ended investment funds, such as a typical hedge fund.

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