Hedge Funds Escape Regulation

Should Investors Be Worried?
When the Lilliputians came upon the sleeping Gulliver, they didn’t know if he was friendly or hostile, but he was so big it seemed prudent to tie him down. Should the 9,000 hedge funds — the secretive investment pools controlling $1.4 trillion in assets — be treated the same way?

The President’s Working Group on Financial Markets doesn’t think so. In a late-February report, the group urged vigilance but concluded that new regulations are not needed. Was this the right decision? Wharton faculty weigh in on the issue.
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