Hedge Funds, Leverage, and the Lessons of Long-Term Capital Management - Report

The President’s working group on financial markets composed of the department of treasury, board of governors of the federal reserve system, securities and exchange commission and commodity futures trading commission presented a report on Hedge Funds, Leverage, and the Lessons of Long-Term Capital Management (LTCM).

This report is available in paperback. The report that was tabled suggests a number of measures designed to constrain excessive leverage. Measures designed to improve transparency in the system, enhance private sector risk management practices, develop more risk-sensitive approaches to capital adequacy, support financial contract netting in the event of bankruptcy, and encourage offshore financial centers to comply with international standards.

The book delves on existing practices, disclosure and monitoring standards and the specific case of LTCM (The hedge fund company Long Term Capital Management).

Leverage and risk, closeout netting, transnational issues and private counterparty and government regulation are discussed.

Conclusions and recommendations regarding capital adequacy, offshore financial centres and tax havens, supervisory oversight and bankruptcy code issues are presented.

An important book written from the government side of the financial markets, it gives a perspective from the regulatory and supervisory agents.

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