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Sep 10, 2014

Top U.S. Senate Democrats unveil earnings stripping plan

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – One of the main incentives driving a surge in U.S. corporations’ tax-driven overseas inversion deals would be pared back under a plan unveiled on Wednesday by two top Senate Democrats.

Though the plan was seen by analysts as unlikely to become law anytime soon, it draws further attention to the rising number of U.S. businesses moving abroad for tax reasons.

Sep 10, 2014

House Republicans propose extend Ex-Im Bank through mid-2015

WASHINGTON, Sept 9 (Reuters) – Republican leaders in the
House of Representatives on Tuesday proposed extending the U.S.
Export-Import Bank’s charter through June 30 next year, a
Republican aide said on Tuesday, granting a temporary reprieve
for the export lender.

The extension was included in a proposed bill to temporarily
fund the U.S. government through Dec. 11 at current spending
levels. The measure, announced by the House Appropriations
Committee, could come up for a vote as early as Thursday.
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Sep 9, 2014

House Republicans look to extend Ex-Im Bank through mid-2015: aide

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican leaders in the House of Representatives will propose extending the U.S. Export-Import Bank’s charter through June 30 next year, a Republican aide said on Tuesday, granting a temporary reprieve for the export lender.

The extension would be added to a bill to temporarily fund the U.S. government after Sept. 30, the House Republican aide said. That could come up for a vote as early as Thursday.

Sep 9, 2014

U.S. Fed official’s bank capital comments pressure stocks

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Shares of big U.S. banks Goldman Sachs (GS.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) and Morgan Stanley (MS.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) dipped on Tuesday after a top Federal Reserve official’s warning that the banks could soon face tougher funding restrictions.

Fed Governor Daniel Tarullo said at a U.S. Senate Banking Committee hearing that the biggest banks will face a capital surcharge in excess of requirements agreed to by international regulators, “noticeably so for some firms.”

Sep 8, 2014

Treasury’s Lew urges action on ‘inversion’ tax deals

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Treasury Secretary Jack Lew called on Monday for prompt action to stem the surge of U.S. businesses reincorporating abroad in “inversion” deals to avoid corporate U.S. income taxes, but offered no new ideas.

While proposals stacked up in Congress, Lew said the Treasury Department was evaluating “what we can do to make these deals less economically appealing, and we plan to make a decision in the very near future.”

Sep 8, 2014

Draft U.S. tax inversion plan would target earnings stripping

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The No. 3 U.S. Senate Democrat has circulated a draft proposal to crack down on U.S. companies that invert, or merge with foreign competitors to get lower tax rates, and it would apply to deals as far back as 1994.

The plan developed by Senator Chuck Schumer of New York would reduce the incentives for companies to invert, according to a draft document that Reuters viewed.

Sep 5, 2014

Republicans wrangle over Ex-Im Bank, funding plan to move quickly

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Congress is expected to move quickly next week on a stop-gap funding measure to keep government agencies open into mid-December, but a plan to temporarily extend the U.S. Export-Import Bank’s charter has proven more elusive.

Lawmakers return from a five-week summer recess on Monday. Their most pressing issue will be an extension of funding for the federal government, which is set to run out when the fiscal year ends on Sept. 30.

Sep 3, 2014

U.S. regulators adopt tighter rules for banks’ cash needs

WASHINGTON, Sept 3 (Reuters) – U.S. regulators on Wednesday
adopted rules for banks to hold enough easy-to-sell assets to
keep them afloat during a crunch, after many were caught short
of cash during the 2007-09 financial crisis.

The rules, approved by the U.S. Federal Reserve and the
Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, are a new building
block in a global effort to make big banks such as JPMorgan
Chase and Citigroup sturdier and head off a future
meltdown.

Sep 3, 2014

U.S. regulators to vote on liquidity, swap margin rules

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. regulators met on Wednesday to adopt rules for banks to hold enough easy-to-sell assets to keep them afloat during a crunch, after many were caught short of cash during the 2007-09 financial crisis.

The rules, a key plank of a global agreement to make big banks such as JPMorgan Chase and Citigroup safer, are a new building block as regulators across the world work to make banks sturdier and head off a future meltdown.

Sep 2, 2014

U.S. Republican lawmakers say regulators treat insurers unfairly

WASHINGTON, Sept 2 (Reuters) – A group of Republican
lawmakers on Tuesday accused U.S. regulators of “disparate
treatment” of nonbank financial firms that are currently being
considered for tougher oversight.

The lawmakers, led by Representative Scott Garrett of New
Jersey, said that in trying to identify companies so large that
their failure could pose a potential threat to financial
markets, regulators have considered more analysis and public
feedback on asset management firms than they did about insurance
companies.