Funds still hedging on disclosure standards

Hedge funds over $1 billion may be subjected to more disclosures, but some say itÆs not enough.

Should hedge funds' speculative powers be restrained Advocates on both sides of the argument appear to have reached a compromise with a powerful financial body this week recommending higher transparency in hedge funds' books but stopping short of imposing direct regulatory controls.

The Financial Stability Forum, a panel made up of the Group of Seven industrialized nations plus Australia, Hong Kong and Singapore, has proposed hedge funds and other highly leveraged financial institutions with more than US$1 billion in capital should adopt minimum disclosure standards to ensure market stability. The details on how much hedge funds should reveal are unclear.

While some hedge funds are likely to play even more complicated numbers...

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