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AIMA: concerns over a measure in the proposed 2009 Financial Stability Improvement Act

Thursday, December 03, 2009
“The Alternative Investment Management Association, as the global hedge fund industry association, supports the efforts of policymakers in the U.S. to tackle systemic risk. We support the reporting of systemically relevant information by larger hedge fund managers to the national authorities in the interests of financial stability.

“However we do wish to express our concern over a measure contained in the proposed Financial Stability Improvement Act of 2009, which was just approved by the House Committee on Financial Services, whereby the hedge fund industry would be subject to more onerous requirements than other financial institutions. Under this proposal, the asset threshold for firms required to contribute to the Systemic Resolution Fund – a pool of capital that would be used to rescue firms deemed too big to fail - would be set at $10 billion for hedge funds yet $50 billion for all other financial institutions. The result of this would be to impose disproportionately high costs on hedge fund managers who do not themselves pose systemic risk.

“We hope this proposed measure is reconsidered before it becomes law and look forward to working with policymakers on a proportionate and workable outcome.”

Andrew Baker, CEO, AIMA

As the only truly representative global hedge fund association, AIMA, the Alternative Investment Management Association, has more than 1,100 corporate members worldwide, based in over 40 countries.


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