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20 May 2009

Hedge Funds & ‘Open Source Intelligence’

Hedge funds, private equity firms are using “political intelligence” to monitor tax reform, SEC registration, TARP, TALF and PPIPs, according to the OSINT Group, a boutique advisory firm based in Washington specializing in “open source intelligence” (OSINT).

The US Federal Reserve, the Treasury Department, the SEC and Congress are all playing a major role in rapidly evolving monetary policy and regulatory change across the international financial marketplace, OINST said. Those institutions, along with the IMF and World Bank, make Washington DC the financial centre for policy decisions and breaking financial news.

“To understand what financial and political leaders are doing today and planning for tomorrow, institutional investors need to do more than monitor news and data services. They need to know more. They need answers to questions from a consistently reliable source of insight into the world of politics and policy,” said Michael Bagley, a principal with the OSINT Group.

“When you need to understand policy and politics accurately and consistently, we take the guesswork out of the analysis. Top corporations and foreign governments set a very high standard for the outside counsel they retain for managing risk and unearthing new opportunities,” Bagley said. “We consult with a group of experts from the ranks of lobbying, academia, industry, journalism and law who are skilled in every major area of policy and politics. Our 'political intelligence' unit is built on a single powerful idea: to provide institutional investors with accurate, actionable and timely information created by the currents of political forces and regulatory decisions.”

The group was established to assist government and commercial sector clients in the energy and financial industries with unique “open source” intelligence collection and delivery. In addition to technology used by the US Intelligence Community, the firm uses its network of relationships and personal connections in Washington to gather “political intelligence” for clients who need to better understand how the US Government will influence the international markets with new financial-sector regulation and legislation.

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