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Witnesses Call for Tighter Hedge Fund Restrictions

New York Times – Several leading hedge fund managers told Congress on Thursday they support some new regulation of hedge funds and the complex derivative securities that are partly blamed for the global financial crisis.

But they advocated only the lightest supervision of their industry, and said they would be willing to disclose their secretive trading activities to regulators only with a guarantee the information would not be released to the public. One executive claimed that requiring hedge funds to publicly disclose their proprietary trading strategies would be like requiring Coca-Cola Co. to reveal to competitors its proprietary recipe for Coke.

"Proper regulation is critical, but the best regulation is created with an eye toward unleashing opportunities, not limiting possibilities," said Citadel Investment Group Chief Executive Officer Kenneth C. Griffin. "We must solve the serious issues we face but in a way that does not stifle the best innovative qualities of our financial markets."

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