The SEC will soon conclude an inquiry into the industry. Some steps it may take:


The least-meaningful move would be to require all hedge funds to register with the SEC


Lobbyists defeated an effort to require hedge funds to disclose their leverage, but the SEC may try again


Moves are afoot to restrict hedge funds' use of leverage and short-selling to goose their returns


Regulators--including new SEC Chairman Donaldson--are troubled by the increased peddling of risky hedge funds to unsophisticated investors

Data: BusinessWeek

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