ECB’s Trichet urges global hedge fund regulation

Reuters – Hedge funds, credit rating agencies and all other important market players should be subject to regulation based on a global approach, European Central Bank President Jean-Claude Trichet said on Monday.

The worst financial crisis in over 80 years has sparked a rethink of how markets should be supervised to cut excessive risk-taking by banks.

"The current crisis is a loud and clear call for extending regulation and oversight to all systemically important institutions — notably hedge funds and credit rating agencies — as well as all systemically important markets — in particular the OTC derivatives market," Trichet said.

"What is currently under discussion is the precise way in which these elements should be integrated within an overall regulatory framework," he told a conference on supervision.

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