Mayor condemns hedge fund plans 伦敦市长谴责欧盟套利基金方案
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EU plans to regulate hedge funds are a "blatant1 attack" on London's role as an international financial centre, the mayor of the city has said.

伦敦市市长称,欧盟计划规范套利基金对伦敦国际金融中心的地位是“赤裸裸的攻击”。

Boris Johnson objects to plans to regulate hedge funds
Boris Johnson objects to plans to regulate hedge funds

Boris Johnson added that suspicions ministers in Paris and Berlin were using the proposals to deliberately2(故意地) target London were "not unfounded".

Mr Johnson fears plans to require hedge funds to be more open will drive many to relocate outside the EU.

He visits Brussels later to lobby for a draft European directive to be changed.

Hedge funds use sophisticated, complex investing strategies to make returns, even when markets are falling.

Penalise

Under the EU plans, they would be required to be more open and their ability to borrow would be limited.

London is the current home of 80% of Europe's hedge funds(套利基金), but they could be tempted3 to move to Switzerland and the US, he argues, saying the directive would penalise(处罚) all of the UK, not only London.

Hedge funds have been blamed for contributing to the financial crisis and threatening future financial stability.

The mayor said there was "no suggestion or evidence" that hedge funds were in any way to blame for the financial crisis, making heavy regulation difficult to justify4.

But the European Commission has said its proposals are necessary "to overcome gaps and inconsistencies(不一致,矛盾) in existing regulatory frameworks at national level" and that they will "improve the macro-prudential(谨慎的,细心的) oversight5 of the sector6 and [allow governments] to take co-ordinated action as necessary to ensure the proper functioning of financial markets".

Mr Johnson told the BBC: "It's always open to people to construe7(解释) it as a naked attempt by Paris and Berlin to attack the competitiveness of the City of London.

"I do think that people who are suspicious of the motives8 of some of the other European governments in seeming to want to apply this directive in the way that they have - those suspicions in my view are not wholly unfounded."

'Unsatisfactory'

The Alternative Investment Management Association, which represents hedge funds, says that UK firms account for about a quarter of the global hedge fund industry and that British hedge funds currently have £250bn ($400bn) of assets(资产) under management.

The industry claims that the hedge fund industry contributes around £10bn in taxation9 to the Exchequer10.

Stuart Fraser, chairman of the policy and resources committee at the City of London Corporation, will join Mr Johnson in lobbying Charlie McCreevy, the head of internal markets for the European Commission and senior members of the European Parliament.

"It's right that the EU helps to sort out issues around the financial crisis but any legislation needs to do the job it sets out to do," Mr Fraser said.

"Others have said that the draft directive is unsatisfactory and we're very unhappy with some key parts of it.

'If it goes ahead unchanged it will be narrowly protectionist, fail to take account of other global players including the US, and damage an important EU industry."



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1 blatant ENCzP     
adj.厚颜无耻的;显眼的;炫耀的
参考例句:
  • I cannot believe that so blatant a comedy can hoodwink anybody.我无法相信这么显眼的一出喜剧能够欺骗谁。
  • His treatment of his secretary was a blatant example of managerial arrogance.他管理的傲慢作风在他对待秘书的态度上表露无遗。
2 deliberately Gulzvq     
adv.审慎地;蓄意地;故意地
参考例句:
  • The girl gave the show away deliberately.女孩故意泄露秘密。
  • They deliberately shifted off the argument.他们故意回避这个论点。
3 tempted b0182e969d369add1b9ce2353d3c6ad6     
v.怂恿(某人)干不正当的事;冒…的险(tempt的过去分词)
参考例句:
  • I was sorely tempted to complain, but I didn't. 我极想发牢骚,但还是没开口。
  • I was tempted by the dessert menu. 甜食菜单馋得我垂涎欲滴。
4 justify j3DxR     
vt.证明…正当(或有理),为…辩护
参考例句:
  • He tried to justify his absence with lame excuses.他想用站不住脚的借口为自己的缺席辩解。
  • Can you justify your rude behavior to me?你能向我证明你的粗野行为是有道理的吗?
5 oversight WvgyJ     
n.勘漏,失察,疏忽
参考例句:
  • I consider this a gross oversight on your part.我把这件事看作是你的一大疏忽。
  • Your essay was not marked through an oversight on my part.由于我的疏忽你的文章没有打分。
6 sector yjczYn     
n.部门,部分;防御地段,防区;扇形
参考例句:
  • The export sector will aid the economic recovery. 出口产业将促进经济复苏。
  • The enemy have attacked the British sector.敌人已进攻英国防区。
7 construe 4pbzL     
v.翻译,解释
参考例句:
  • He had tried to construe a passage from Homer.他曾尝试注释荷马著作的一段文字。
  • You can construe what he said in a number of different ways.他的话可以有好几种解释。
8 motives 6c25d038886898b20441190abe240957     
n.动机,目的( motive的名词复数 )
参考例句:
  • to impeach sb's motives 怀疑某人的动机
  • His motives are unclear. 他的用意不明。
9 taxation tqVwP     
n.征税,税收,税金
参考例句:
  • He made a number of simplifications in the taxation system.他在税制上作了一些简化。
  • The increase of taxation is an important fiscal policy.增税是一项重要的财政政策。
10 exchequer VnxxT     
n.财政部;国库
参考例句:
  • In Britain the Chancellor of the Exchequer deals with taxes and government spending.英国的财政大臣负责税务和政府的开支。
  • This resulted in a considerable loss to the exchequer.这使国库遭受了重大损失。
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