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Mar 9, 2015

U.S. credit unions locked in cyber battle with their regulator

WASHINGTON, March 9 (Reuters) – A common question asked of
people in positions of power is what keeps them up at night.

For Debbie Matz, the head regulator for 6,350 of the
nation’s credit unions, it’s an easy answer: a cyber hacker
sneaking in through a credit union vendor, cracking through to
the larger U.S. financial system and wreaking havoc along the
way.

Mar 5, 2015

U.S. banks pass Fed capital test, trading books hurt

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) – All 31 U.S. banks passed a
test of how they would do in a next economic crisis, the Federal
Reserve said on Thursday, but those with large trading books
came out weak because of new elements in the check-up.

The Fed had assumed a surge in corporate defaults in the
toughest hypothetical scenario to test banks’ resilience, which
it said hit banks with large capital market activities.

Mar 5, 2015

Banks brace for U.S. Fed capital buffers inspection

WASHINGTON, March 5 (Reuters) – The largest U.S. banks and
their foreign rivals are facing a tough two-step check-up of
their financial health by the Federal Reserve, forcing the firms
to get a far better grip on how they measure risk.

In its annual “stress tests”, the Fed gauges whether banks
have enough shareholder capital to withstand a severe economic
shock like that of the 2007-09 crisis, when taxpayers spent
billions of dollars to keep the industry afloat.

Mar 3, 2015

Top U.S. regulators request more time in MetLife lawsuit

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. regulators on Tuesday asked for more time to react to a complaint by MetLife (MET.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) over their decision to subject the insurer to tougher oversight, and requested a judgment in the lawsuit early next year.

Critics of the Financial Stability Oversight Council’s move to label MetLife “systemically important” are watching the case to see if it sheds light on why the regulator gave the insurer a tag many in the industry fear is harmful to business.

Mar 2, 2015

Don’t weaken leverage ratio, U.S. bank regulator tells peers

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Regulators shouldn’t weaken a rule that limits banks’ borrowing, a senior U.S. bank supervisor said on Monday, indicating a possible split with the derivatives watchdog over the issue.

Tom Hoenig, second-in-command at the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp (FDIC), said he disagreed with the head of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission who has expressed concerns about the so-called leverage ratio.

Mar 2, 2015

German central banker urges rule change for risk-free governments bonds

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Regulators around the world urgently need to change rules that allow banks to consider loans to governments risk-free, a top official at the German central bank said on Monday, a lesson brought home by Europe’s debt crisis.

“It appears urgently necessary to change those rules … if banks were required to do that, that would make them more resilient to financial distress,” said Andreas Dombret, who is in charge of banking supervision at the Bundesbank.

Mar 2, 2015

German central banker urges rule change for risk-free gov’t bonds

WASHINGTON, March 2 (Reuters) – Regulators around the world
urgently need to change rules that allow banks to consider loans
to governments risk-free, a top official at the German central
bank said on Monday, a lesson brought home by Europe’s debt
crisis.

“It appears urgently necessary to change those rules … if
banks were required to do that, that would make them more
resilient to financial distress,” said Andreas Dombret, who is
in charge of banking supervision at the Bundesbank.

Feb 26, 2015

U.S. CFTC mulls tweaks to rules for uncleared margin

WASHINGTON, Feb 26 (Reuters) – The U.S. Commodity Futures
Trading Commission is considering some changes to proposed rules
for margin for derivatives traded without the intermediation of
clearing houses, the head of the agency said on Thursday.

Chairman Tim Massad said discussions with international
regulators had brought to light some differences between the
regimes in Europe and Japan.

Feb 25, 2015

EU and US struggle to resolve derivatives clearing dispute

WASHINGTON, Feb 25 (Reuters) – European Union and U.S.
negotiators are struggling to move past some stumbling blocks in
talks over mutually acceptable rules for derivatives clearing
houses, two people familiar with the talks said.

Negotiators hope to reach a deal by June 15, when new
capital requirements kick in for European banks that would make
it prohibitively expensive for them to do business with U.S.
clearing houses.

Feb 20, 2015

U.S. lawmakers query CFTC regulator over stock sales

WASHINGTON, Feb 20 (Reuters) – Two Democratic lawmakers on
Friday raised concerns over share sales by an official at a U.S.
regulator at a time when his former company was engaged in a
takeover battle, saying there had been possible conflicts of
interest.

Chris Giancarlo started work as a member of the Commodity
Futures Trading Commission, which oversees futures and swaps
trading, in June of last year. Before that, he held a senior
role at derivatives broker GFI Group Inc.

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