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Meet the man with the power to crack down on speculators

By Kevin G. Hall | McClatchy Newspapers

McClatchy Newspapers

WASHINGTON — Most Americans don't know who Gary Gensler is or the agency he runs. They should.

It falls to him as the chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission to rein in the flood of speculative money flowing into financial markets that many experts fear is driving up the price of oil, gasoline and basic foodstuffs.