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Glassman Rues Divisive Indy, Hedge Fund Rules


Securities and Exchange Commissioner Cynthia Glassman said "it is unfortunate [the SEC] wasted so much time and effort" on the independent chairman and the hedge fund registration rules, only to have them voided by the U.S. Court of Appeals.

Glassman made the remarks before a speech at the National Economists Club in Washington on "Observations of an Economist Commissioner on Leaving the SEC."

Glassman and Commissioner Paul Atkins were the SEC's only two dissenters on the rules.

Glassman said she agreed with the court's decision on the independent chairman rule that the SEC had failed to conduct adequate cost/benefit analysis. She said this was "homework [the SEC] should have done in the first place" and that there is no proof that having an independent chairman is an advantage for investors.

About the hedge fund registration rule, she said the Commission "went off track" and required far too much information. Instead, Glassman said, it would have been adequate to have required simple census-type information. Further, she questioned whether ordinary investors are, indeed, flocking to hedge funds.

"Over the last four years, I have tried to instill more economic analysis into the Commission's rulemaking and enforcement initiatives and to show the value of empirical data in framing rules to protect investors and maintain the integrity of the markets," she said.

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