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FSB warns of risks posed by hedge funds’ ‘hidden leverage’

The Financial Stability Board, comprised of the world’s top finance ministers, central bankers and regulators, warned on Wednesday that some hedge funds had “very high levels of synthetic leverage”.

Synthetic leverage refers to debt created by the use of derivatives or other complex financial instruments that frequently does not show up on balance sheets.

FT 6 September 2023


Hidden leverage is hard to quantify, obviously, but it has certainly grown among shadow banks during the long years of ultra-low yields. 

Global supervisors at the Financial Stability Board call these non-bank financial intermediaries.

Paul J. Davies Bloomberg 17 november 2022


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