BOSTON, July 23 Two funds at Renaissance
Technologies, one of the world's biggest hedge funds, are
performing better than the average hedge fund, but the company
has stopped selling them in Europe because local marketing rules
have been tightened.
The Renaissance Institutional Equities and Institutional
Futures funds, known as RIEF and RIFF, returned 2.5 percent and
2.2 percent respectively through July 18, a person familiar with
the numbers but not permitted to discuss them publicly said on
The two funds manage money for outside investors at the $25
billion quantitative firm founded by mathematician James Simons.
The average hedge fund has gained 1.33 percent this year,
data from Hedge Fund Research show.
The Medallion fund, Renaissance's best known portfolio, is
open mainly to insiders at the firm.
At the end of June, East Setauket, New York-based
Renaissance closed its four-person office in London which was
primarily a marketing operation to sell the funds in Europe.
The Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive, which
went into force on Tuesday, prescribes new disclosures and
fundraising requirements for hedge funds.
Also on Tuesday, Peter Brown, co-chief executive at
Renaissance, said at a Senate hearing that complex financial
structures called "basket" options had been important to trading
at its Medallion fund. A report found that hedge funds had used
these structures to avoid tax payments.
(Reporting by Svea Herbst-Bayliss and Nishant Kumar; editing by