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Hedge Funds Seek Insight Into What Summers Would Do at Fed

Investors are increasingly seeking advice on how the potential nomination of Lawrence Summers as chairman of the Federal Reserve instead of Vice Chairman Janet Yellen might influence monetary policy and financial markets.

Inquiries about Summers’s chances “are picking up a lot,” said Matthew Benjamin, an analyst at Medley Global Advisors LLC in Washington, a firm that provides political intelligence to hedge funds. “Wall Street is very interested in this, and there is a perception that there is a difference between Yellen and Summers” in their approach to monetary stimulus.