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“Stringent rules for hedge funds make the financial system fragile” warns economics speaker Sebastian Mallaby

Sebastian Mallaby speakerWriting in the Financial Times, Sebastian Mallaby, the best-selling author of “More Money Than God” (2010), has argued that the stabilising role of hedge funds is being “needlessly weakened” by regulators, through the creation of stringent rules, and by the hedge funders themselves.

Sebastian believes that “small-enough-to-fail hedge funds” provide an attractive alternative to the “too-big-to-fail banks”. Indeed, he demonstrates that even “Europe’s leaders have finally admitted that their economies would be more resilient if they had deeper capital markets and smaller banks.”

However, Sebastian notes that while hedge funds have grown more attractive to policy makers, they have become less appealing to their own clients due to lacklustre returns. This raises the possibility that “investors will yank their money out, crippling one of the few healthy features of the financial system.” He suggests that the “weakening performance may reflect regulators’ new aggression.”

He goes onto argue that “it is one thing to impose a regulatory burden when there is a clear need to do so…but it is another thing entirely to impose burdens on hedge funds, nearly all of which are far too small to threaten financial stability.”

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For more information, or to book Sebastian Mallaby as a keynote speaker for your conference or event, please contact Leo von Bülow-Quirk at or call 0044 (0) 20 7792 8000.

Exclusive Interview with Sebastian Mallaby: “Policymakers should be celebrating hedge funds”

Chartwell’s latest podcast features an exclusive interview with Sebastian Mallaby, an experienced journalist, popular public speaker and the Paul A. Volcker Senior Fellow for International Economics at the Council on Foreign Relations.

Focusing the discussion around his best-selling book – “More Money Than God: Hedge Funds and the Making of a New Elite” (2010) – Sebastian explains why he believes hedge funds should play a more prominent role in the global financial industry, the meaning of hedge funds to investors, the future of world markets and the future of his own writing – namely the biography of Alan Greenspan he is currently working on.

Listen to the full conversation below.

To find out more about Sebastian Mallaby, or to book him as a keynote speaker for your conference or event, please contact Leo von Bülow-Quirk at or call 0044 (0) 20 7792 8000.

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