Hedge funds bet on regulations

The Washington Times – Hedge-fund managers say Bernard L. Madoff may succeed where Christopher Cox failed: forcing regulation of their $1.5 trillion industry.

Mr. Madoff’s purported bilking of investors by up to $50 billion begins to uncover a part of the investment industry that has skirted government scrutiny. Although the 70-year-old was registered with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, the agency Mr. Cox heads, fund executives who fed him customers’ money weren’t.

"This is an Enron moment for hedge funds," said Peter Rup, chief investment officer at New York-based hedge fund Orion Capital Management LLC, with $400 million in assets under management. "Regulation would be welcome, primarily from a trust standpoint."

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