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MEPs demand unprecedented openness from hedge funds

Guardian.co.uk – MEPs will call tomorrow for EU legislation to force private equity groups and hedge funds to disclose unprecedented amounts of information about their activities.

The demand for tougher regulation comes as private equity groups are warning that the enduring credit crunch will reduce new money inflows into their funds by up to 30% over the next two years, and mirrors a call from the UK’s largest trade union, Unite, for hedge funds to be forced to demonstrate that their investment strategies are not perpetuating the current market turmoil.

The union, which has put forward an emergency motion to the Labour party conference on the Lloyds TSB takeover of HBOS, is demanding that hedge funds be more transparent, give greater disclosure and must be subject to risk management.

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