SEC Wants Greater Hedge Fund Authority

Schapiro Seeks Larger Staff, Greater Regulatory Control, for Hedge Funds
SEC Chairman Mary Schapiro said today that the SEC "needs" the authority to require hedge funds to register with the agency. Additionally, Schapiro wants the SEC to have the power to examine hedge funds' book. Schapiro also noted that registration without significant oversight and authority "would not be sufficient". "It would be good to have rulemaking authority," she said. "It's good to have flexibility to respond to crises as they emerge."

Schapiro also wants additional funding to provide adequate hedge fund oversight. "With over 30,000 regulated entities and a staff of 3,600 people, we cannot add a couple thousand more hedge funds and get the job done under any circumstance," she said.

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