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Regulators should focus more on 'non-sophisticated’ hedge funds

Thursday, December 05, 2013

Paul MacGregor
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia:

Market regulators should focus more on non-sophisticated hedge funds rather than concentrate on so-called sophisticated players, said Paul MacGregor, Managing Director of Product Strategy at FFastFill during the latest Opalesque 2013 Chicago Roundtable.

The Opalesque 2013 Chicago Roundtable was sponsored by FFastFill, Eurex and Taussig Capital.

"Maybe we should tell the regulators to focus a little bit more then on the non-sophisticated large players in the marketplace as opposed to sophisticated players and high frequency guys, which they love to spend a lot of time focusing on," McGregor said.

McGregor was reacting to a statement given by Emil van Essen, CEO of the Emil van Essen, LLC CTA, who said that a market force that people tend to not fully appreciate is the impact of long only commodity funds on commodity prices.

Van Essen said that investors also create significant blow up risk in a commodity because the commodity price is at times driven more by investment demand as opposed to supply and demand dynamics in the commodity.

He added, "When the traders and investors significantly outnumber the actual physical market parti......................

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