Rep. Edward J. Markey last week called for an inquiry into whether the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency encouraged BankAmerica Corp. to delay disclosure of a multimillion-dollar loss to a hedge fund.

In an Oct. 16 letter to Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman Arthur Levitt, the Massachusetts Democrat said he was concerned by a published report that the OCC knew about the loss and had approved the bank's investment strategy that caused it.

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