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Apr 15, 2013

Bank regulators gain ground against too-big-to-fail bailouts

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) – For the past year, a special team of U.S. bank regulators has been on a quiet mission to end the belief on Wall Street that large banks are “too big to fail.”

The team from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp has hosted more than two dozen meetings with bond investors, analysts and other stakeholders to lay out in detail how a failing firm would be liquidated.

Apr 15, 2013

U.S. bank regulators gain ground against too-big-to-fail bailouts

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK, April 15 (Reuters) – For the past year,
a special team of U.S. bank regulators has been on a quiet
mission to end the belief on Wall Street that large banks are
“too big to fail.”

The team from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp has hosted
more than two dozen meetings with bond investors, analysts and
other stakeholders to lay out in detail how a failing firm would
be liquidated.

Apr 11, 2013

Senate Democrats urge regulators to rethink use of consultants

WASHINGTON, April 11 (Reuters) – Senate Democrats urged
regulators to rethink the way they use outside consultants to
help fix problems at banks, after such consultants reaped some
$2 billion in fees for conducting botched reviews of past home
foreclosures.

Bank regulators could directly contract with the consultants
rather than leaving hiring decisions and oversight to the banks
themselves, Democratic Senator Jack Reed of Rhode Island
suggested at a Senate Banking subcommittee hearing on Thursday.

Apr 10, 2013

Lawmakers lambast Fed, others for hiding behind “trade secrets”

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Two Democratic lawmakers lambasted federal regulators whom they accuse of using an obligation to protect bank “trade secrets” as an excuse not to hand over details of a botched review of home foreclosures.

“Breaking the law is not a corporate trade secret,” Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Representative Elijah Cummings of Maryland told the Federal Reserve and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency in a letter on Wednesday.

Apr 10, 2013

US lawmakers lambast Fed, others for hiding behind ‘trade secrets’

WASHINGTON, April 10 (Reuters) – Two Democratic lawmakers
lambasted federal regulators whom they accuse of using an
obligation to protect bank “trade secrets” as an excuse not to
hand over details of a botched review of home foreclosures.

“Breaking the law is not a corporate trade secret,” Senator
Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Representative Elijah
Cummings of Maryland told the Federal Reserve and the Office of
the Comptroller of the Currency in a letter on Wednesday.

Apr 5, 2013

Two senators want banks to hold more capital

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The largest U.S. banks would have to hold far more capital under a proposal from two senators that would toss out international bank capital rules, according to draft legislation.

The draft bill, which was obtained by Reuters, calls for regulators to throw out the Basel III capital accord and instead require U.S. banks to hold an equity capital ratio of no less than 10 percent of total assets.

Apr 4, 2013

Mortgage insurers, U.S. regulator settle over alleged kickbacks

WASHINGTON, April 4 (Reuters) – Four mortgage insurers
agreed to pay about $15 million to settle claims that they paid
kickbacks to mortgage lenders in exchange for business, the U.S.
consumer watchdog said on Thursday.

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau said the deals took
place over more than a decade leading up to the U.S. financial
crisis and may have boosted mortgage insurance costs for
consumers.

Apr 3, 2013

Fed adopts rule clarifying steps to tag nonbanks for oversight

WASHINGTON, April 3 (Reuters) – The U.S. Federal Reserve
said on Wednesday that it had approved a final rule to clarify
the process the new U.S. risk council will follow when it begins
designating nonbank financial firms for heightened oversight.

A group of regulators known as the Financial Stability
Oversight Council is responsible for determining which nonbank
firms are so critical that their failure could threaten the
financial system.

Apr 2, 2013

U.S. SEC says companies may announce key data on social media

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. regulators said on Tuesday that companies can use Twitter, Facebook and other social media to make key announcements as long as they tell investors which sites they will use, an effort to help companies navigate the new media age.

The guidance from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission seeks to clarify disclosure rules after the agency opened an inquiry into a post made last July on the personal Facebook page of Netflix’s chief executive, Reed Hastings.

Mar 28, 2013

Washington law firm sues bank regulator over foreclosure reviews

WASHINGTON, March 28 (Reuters) – A top Washington law firm
is suing regulators to hand over information about how it
selected consulting firms to participate in a
multi-billion-dollar review of banks’ past foreclosures.

The reviews, mandated by regulators in 2011 after widespread
foreclosure shortcuts came to light, proved slow and expensive,
and earlier this year 13 banks agreed to pay $9.3 billion to end
them and compensate foreclosed borrowers.