At the recent Securities and Exchange Commission hedge fund hearings in Washington, the question on everyone’s mind was whether or not hedge funds would be restricted in regards to tactics they can employ to manage money, Dow Jones reports.

However, there has been an unforeseen turn of events. Two SEC commissioners suggested a potential deregulation of the mutual fund industry, allowing fund managers to use tactics employed by hedge fund managers that they asserted could potentially protect the average investor from the major market decline over the past few years.

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