EU Official Backs Study Of Hedge Fund Risks

Feb 22 2007 | 11:53am ET

The European Union’s economic and monetary affairs commissioner today threw his support behind the German-led G7 initiative to better understand the risks hedge funds pose to the world financial system.

“I believe it is the right decision to discuss at the EU and global level the potential associated risks,” Joaquin Almunia told a financial conference in Brussels.

His counterpart, EU Financial Services Commissioner Charlie McCreevy—under whose purview hedge funds actually fall—has to date refrained from siding with the Germans, arguing there’s no need for “heavy-handed regulation.”


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