Obama’s Overhaul Would Register Hedge Funds

Courthouse News Service – President Obama’s plan to overhaul financial regulations, to prevent a repeat of the country’s credit and banking catastrophe, is laid out in a "nearly final" 85-page document the president is expected to reveal today.     

Among other things, the president proposes creating a National Bank Supervisor to oversee all federally chartered banks; strengthening capital requirements for banks; requiring hedge funds and other private pools of capital to register with the SEC; and regulating derivatives, including credit default swaps.     

The plan would give the Federal Reserve more authority over large financial institutions that could threaten the financial system, and give the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. greater power to seize and break up such institutions.    

The document proposes five "key objectives;"
     1. Promote robust supervision and regulation of financial firms;
     2. Establish comprehensive supervision and regulation of financial markets
     3. Protect consumers and investors from financial abuse;
     4. Improve tools for managing financial crises; and
     5. Raise international regulatory standards and improve international cooperation. 

The first objective of the plan calls for "new authority for the Federal Reserve to supervise all firms that could pose a threat to financial stability, even those that do not own banks."

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