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Despite regulatory onslaught, hedge funds remain largely unregulated

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia:

Despite the new laws and regulations introduced since the 2008 global financial crisis, hedge funds and private equities remain largely unregulated, said Mayra Rodríguez Valladares, managing principal at capital markets and financial regulatory consulting firm MRV Associates in an article she wrote for the New York Times.

Valladares said that one of the primary reasons is that the regulatory framework remains fragmented and it is very difficult for the various regulatory agencies to communicate with one another as well as to work together to detect the next crisis.

She wrote in the article, "Not only do we have 'a dual state and federal banking charter system,’ as former Representative Barney Frank told the audience of regulators, bankers, lobbyists, consultants and academics, we also have three national bank regulators, 50 state bank regulators and two derivatives regulators, not to mention different regulators for securities, broker-dealers and insurance companies."

Lack of transparency the Achilles' heel of finance

Valladares also cited the keynote speech of former Federal Reserve chairman Paul A. Volcker during last week’s Federal Reserve conference at George Washington University who said he has yet to meet a person who is satisfied w......................

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