SEC Pushes Hedge Fund Oath in Manipulation Probe

Bloomberg – The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, seeking to jumpstart a hunt for suspected manipulation of financial stocks, will require hedge fund managers, brokerages and institutional investors to describe under oath their bets on the firms.

Investors with “significant” trades in the companies’ securities or credit default swaps must disclose their positions and provide “certain other information” in written statements, the regulator said yesterday. SEC spokesman John Nester declined to say who would receive the requests.

The SEC issued a series of emergency measures, rules and warnings to hedge funds this past week as lawmakers including Senate Banking Committee Chairman Christopher Dodd and executives such as Morgan Stanley Chief Executive Officer John Mack said traders may be spreading misinformation and using abusive tactics to attack companies. On Sept. 17, the agency said it may also force funds to hand over their communications.

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