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When the major economies map out their postcrisis financial reforms, they should avoid overregulating the financial services industry in the United States and focus instead on smarter application of existing regulations, the chief executive officer of NYSE Euronext said in Tokyo recently.

Noting the worst of the crisis “is clearly behind us” a year after the Lehman Brothers shock of September 2008, Duncan Niederauer said the focus of regulatory reforms should be simple — protecting investors, encouraging transparency, and harmonizing the overlapping and sometimes confusing regulatory approaches taken by different government agencies.

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