Regulators need balanced hedge funds supervision, say panellists at Iosco event

Hedge funds are providing more liquidity in financial markets but more regulation is also needed to allow them to grow and operate efficiently, said participants at the second public panel at the 31st Annual Conference of the International Organization of Securities Commissions (Iosco).

Speakers said balance is needed between regulating hedge funds to protect investors and the market as a whole, while also ensuring they can operate efficiently without having to face overbearing barriers to growth.

Assets under management across the hedge fund market globally crossed the $1 trillion mark in 2005, and concerns have emerged that hedge funds could create market instability. Panel moderator Martin Wheatley, chairman of the Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) in Hong Kong, said

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