WASHINGTON - The House Financial Services Committee will hold a hearing March 20 to promote aggressive federal and state investigations of financial fraud and other abuses, including auction-rate securities, the panel's chairman said yesterday.

Outlining the committee's agenda for the next two months, Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., said the hearing will include the U.S. attorney general, state attorneys general, the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and others, and will be aimed at restoring investor confidence in the financial markets.

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