Corporate Armor to Fight Hedge Fund Bullies – At 12:01 a.m. this morning, the Securities and Exchange Commission pushed out a new "emergency" disclosure rule that requires hedge funds and other large investors to disclose their short positions. The mandate is one of three new SEC investor protection rules that went into effect early this morning in response to widespread drops in stock prices in the wake of a liquidity crisis exacerbated by this week’s Lehman Brothers bankruptcy and sale of Merrill Lynch.

In a joint statement, SEC chairman Christopher Cox and SEC Enforcement Division director Linda Chatman Thomsen said that the rule, which is designed "to ensure transparency in short selling," will affect funds with more than $100 million invested in securities. Those fund managers, who are currently reporting their long positions, will now be required to "promptly begin public reporting of their daily short positions."

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