SEC oversight to reduce hedge fund risks

NEW YORK – Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) regulation of hedge funds will enhance identification of operational and systemic risks in the growing sector of alternative investments, according to SEC commissioner Roel Campos.

Addressing the Securities Industry Association (SIA) Hedge Funds and Alternative Investments Conference in New York in mid-September, Campos defended the rule requiring certain hedge fund advisers to register with the SEC by February 1, 2006. "There was too much uncertainty and opaqueness in the operations of hedge funds. An industry growing at the rate of hedge funds – tripling in size over the past five years – must have adequate transparency standards. The current situation – where regulators

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