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Mar 11 2011 | 11:59am ET
The Securities and Exchange Commission needs more than 100 new staffers to handle its hedge fund oversight powers, the regulator's chairman told a skeptical Congress yesterday.
Mary Schapiro went to Capitol Hill to explain why the agency needs a nearly 25% increase in its budget to $1.4 billion for the next fiscal year. Republicans, who now control the House of Representatives, have countered with a $25 million budget cut for the agency.
"This year finds the SEC at an especially critical juncture in its history," Schapiro told a Senate Banking Committee subcommittee. "Dodd-Frank will require significant additional resources or a substantial reduction in the performance of our core duties."
Implementing Dodd-Frank will cost $123 million on its own, about half the total increase in SEC funding sought by the Obama administration.
A big chunk of that money will go to hiring 102 people to focus specifically on hedge funds.
That is, if the SEC can get it. House Republicans, no fans of Dodd-Frank in the first place, argue that the SEC must join other government operations in facing cuts in the midst of a budget crunch.
Aug 25 2014 | 11:21am ET
As many of you know, FINalternatives was recently acquired by the owners of Futures magazine, a firm called The Alpha Pages LLC. Today marks the soft-launch of a new sister site for both publications. As its name suggests, The Alpha Pages will cover all types of alternative investments, going far beyond the more well-known ones such as hedge funds and private equity. Read more…
Commodities/Futures magazine launched at the precipice of a revolution in the futures industry—really a revolution in the idea of risk management—that would move it from a small niche industry to ...