Hedge fund manager Singer wants limits on leverage

Alibaba News Channel – Aggressive government action can hurt the market, but regulators should clamp down on leverage among banks and investors to prevent another credit crisis, veteran hedge fund manager Paul Singer said at a conference.

Singer said the current "anti-capitalist" fervor, inspired by last year’s market meltdown and the ongoing recession, will likely lead to increased regulation. These measures would only prolong the problem, he told some 1,200 hedge fund executives at the Ira Sohn Investment Research Conference on Wednesday.

By the same token, he observed that highly regulated banks fueled last year’s market implosion because they ramped up their use of leverage, or borrowed money, for trading and investments. High levels of leverage in a downturn can multiply losses and throw markets into chaos.

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