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Feb 12, 2015

U.S. regulators to discuss leverage ratio market concerns

WASHINGTON, Feb 12 (Reuters) – U.S. rules to bolster banks’
ability to withstand shocks could dampen derivative markets, the
head of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission said on
Thursday, an issue regulators would meet to discuss.

The so-called leverage ratio forces banks to hold a fixed
percentage of their total assets in equity capital, a measure
designed to prevent costly taxpayer bail-outs such as those
during the 2007-09 credit crisis.

Feb 4, 2015

U.S. Bancorp to pay $18 mln to customers of failed Peregrine

NEW YORK/WASHINGTON, Feb 4 (Reuters) – U.S. Bancorp agreed
to pay $18 million to former customers of Peregrine Financial
Group Inc to resolve claims that the large U.S. bank aided a
massive fraud by the failed futures brokerage’s now-imprisoned
founder, Russell Wasendorf Sr.

A consent order approved on Wednesday resolves claims by the
U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission that the
Minneapolis-based lender’s U.S. Bank NA unit let Wasendorf treat
an account meant to hold Peregrine customer funds as his
“personal piggy bank.”

Feb 3, 2015

U.S. government finance research unit seeks boost with own website

WASHINGTON, Feb 3 (Reuters) – The U.S. government’s top
financial research group on Tuesday launched a new website, a
move aimed at helping it gain a greater profile separate from
the Treasury Department, which houses the powerful agency.

The Office of Financial Research was set up after the
2007-09 credit meltdown to help regulators map financial markets
and has the power to retrieve data from banks, including through
subpoenas.

Feb 2, 2015

U.S. banks say global ‘too-big-to-fail’ plan is too strict

WASHINGTON, Feb 2 (Reuters) – A plan by regulators for the
world’s biggest banks to hold more capital to withstand
financial shocks is overly demanding, major U.S. bank groups
said on Monday, urging further study into how to avoid future
taxpayer bailouts.

The proposal by the Financial Stability Board, a global
group of regulators, would force big banks to have between 16
and 20 percent of their liabilities in equity and long-term
bonds that can be written down in times of financial stress.

Jan 30, 2015

Fed to propose margin rule aimed at shadow banking -Tarullo

WASHINGTON, Jan 30 (Reuters) – The Federal Reserve plans to
propose a rule that applies minimum margin requirements to
certain forms of securities financing deals, in a move aimed at
reining in the shadow banking industry, a top Fed official said
on Friday.

Fed Governor Daniel Tarullo, the central bank’s chief
overseer of its bank regulation, said the Fed aims to take a
margin requirement rule passed last year by the Financial
Stability Board (FSB), a global group of regulators, and apply
it to the United States.

Jan 21, 2015

Top U.S. financial risk watchdog pledges more transparency

Jan 21 (Reuters) – The top U.S. financial risk watchdog
pledged to revise the procedures used to designate firms as
super-risky and make them more transparent on Wednesday, after a
flood of criticism from insurers and asset managers that the
process was too opaque.

Staff read out a number of proposals at a meeting of the
Financial Stability Oversight Council (FSOC), which acts to
identify which parts of the financial system are “too big to
fail.”

Jan 13, 2015

U.S. insurer MetLife to sue regulators over ‘systemic’ tag

WASHINGTON, Jan 13 (Reuters) – MetLife said it would
file on Tuesday a lawsuit against regulators subjecting it to
tougher oversight, challenging their verdict the firm harbors
enough risk to endanger the financial system in a crisis.

The company, the largest U.S. life insurer, unsuccessfully
contested the decision by the Financial Stability Oversight
Council (FSOC) in a hearing last month, and a lawsuit was its
last resort to escape being overseen by the U.S. Federal
Reserve.

Jan 13, 2015

MetLife could further complicate Fed’s new role as insurance cop

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Federal Reserve’s new role as the top U.S. insurance regulator will be in the spotlight this week as MetLife decides whether to challenge tougher oversight by the central bank in court.

The Fed would face months of scrutiny of its fledgling oversight of the sector if MetLife sues regulators over their decision to tag it as a firm that has the potential to destabilize the wider financial system.

Dec 24, 2014

MF Global Holdings to pay $100 mln fine in CFTC settlement

WASHINGTON, Dec 24 (Reuters) – The U.S. Commodity Futures
Trading Commission said on Wednesday it had fined MF Global
Holdings Ltd for wrongdoing during the collapse of the futures
brokerage, but will continue its lawsuit against the firm’s
former chief, Jon Corzine.

A federal judge in Manhattan approved a settlement in which
the company will pay a $100 million fine and be jointly
responsible for returning $1.212 billion in client funds that
another unit had been ordered to restitute last year.

Dec 22, 2014

U.S. CFTC fines Deutsche Bank $3 mln over customer fund flaws

WASHINGTON, Dec 22 (Reuters) – The U.S. Commodity Futures
Trading Commission on Monday ordered Deutsche Bank
to pay a $3 million fine over charges that it had failed to
properly invest customer funds and had made other mistakes in
the process.

The bank also failed to keep accurate financial reports,
though none of the violations resulted in any customer losses,
according to the CFTC, which oversees derivatives trading.

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