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Aug 15, 2014

Analysis – Smaller banks see regulatory relief after US elections

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – All but the biggest U.S. banks could see relief from some financial reforms after the November elections even if control of the U.S. Congress remains divided between Democrats and Republicans.

Post-election committee leadership changes and growing momentum behind bipartisan fixes may lead to tweaks to the 2010 Dodd-Frank law for the smallest community banks, larger firms such as PNC Financial Services (PNC.N: Quote, Profile, Research) of Pittsburgh and Regions Financial (RF.N: Quote, Profile, Research) of Birmingham, Alabama, and insurers, lobbyists and congressional staffers said.

Aug 13, 2014

FDIC’s Hoenig tells banks to quickly change derivatives contracts

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Banks need to urgently change a provision in derivatives contracts that prevents them from smoothly winding down their business if they start failing during a crisis, a top U.S. regulator told Reuters on Wednesday.

Thomas Hoenig, second in command at the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp, said the so-called early termination rights were the most pressing problem regulators found last week with documents that show how banks can go through bankruptcy court during a crisis that threatens their solvency.

Aug 12, 2014

U.S. consumer agency workers pan poor managers, unclear priorities

WASHINGTON, Aug 12 (Reuters) – The new U.S. financial
consumer agency will improve managers’ training and in-house
communications, its director said on Tuesday after an internal
report found employees were concerned about inexperienced
supervisors and confused about pay practices.

Richard Cordray, head of the Consumer Financial Protection
Bureau (CFPB), said in an email to staff that he requested the
probe after allegations surfaced of unfair performance rating
practices and possible discrimination at the bureau.

Aug 8, 2014

FICO’s new scoring model to help lenders better assess risk

Aug 8 (Reuters) – A move by personal credit score provider
FICO to leave out or discount medical debt from its
scores will boost the credit record of many borrowers, while
helping lenders to better assess risk.

The company, formerly known as Fair Isaac Corp, said on
Thursday that overdue medical payments that have already been
settled will be ignored while calculating credit risk.

Aug 5, 2014

U.S. regulators set ultimatum for banks to improve crisis plans

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. regulators on Tuesday told banks to come up with better living wills, inching a step closer to taking action if these plans to avoid taxpayer bailouts during a future crisis were still deficient next year.

The plans submitted by the banks last year showed important shortcomings, the Federal Reserve and Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. said, telling them to show in 2015 that they had made “significant progress” to address a range of issues.

Jul 31, 2014

Big U.S. banks’ funding advantage reduced, could rise in crisis-official

WASHINGTON, July 31 (Reuters) – The biggest U.S. banks’
borrowing cost advantage over smaller competitors appears to
have been reduced or eliminated since the 2007-2009 financial
meltdown but could return in a crisis, a U.S. government
official said on Thursday.

Lawrance Evans, director of financial markets at the U.S.
Government Accountability Office, said a new report also found
that industry participants believe the 2010 Dodd-Frank Wall
Street oversight law reduced the likelihood the federal
government would bail out big banks in a future crisis.

Jul 24, 2014

Senate panel to consider ‘too big to fail’ report

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A U.S. Senate panel will meet next Thursday to discuss results of a much anticipated government study that looked at whether the biggest banks can borrow at lower interest rates because investors think they would be bailed out in a crisis.

Senator Sherrod Brown of Ohio, a Democrat, and Senator David Vitter of Louisiana, a Republican, who serve on the Senate Banking Committee, asked the Government Accountability Office more than a year ago to determine whether banks that are deemed “too big to fail” are able to borrow more cheaply than smaller banks can. Bank critics say that cheaper borrowing represents a market subsidy for the biggest institutions.

Jul 17, 2014

U.S. Senate votes to extend terrorism insurance backstop

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Senate voted overwhelmingly on Thursday to reauthorize a federal terrorism risk insurance program that was created after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

Senators voted 93-4 in favor of a bill that gives the federal insurance backstop seven more years. Businesses, owners of sports stadiums and other groups that insure against the risk of terrorist acts have urged lawmakers to renew the program before it expires at the end of the year.

Jul 16, 2014

U.S. House passes spending bill with Dodd-Frank changes

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Republican-led U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday passed a bill to slash funding for Wall Street oversight and revamp new agencies dedicated to cracking down on fraud against consumers and policing risks after the financial crisis.

The $21.3 billion funding bill, which covers appropriations for the 2015 fiscal year beginning Oct 1 for financial services and other areas of government, passed the House in a 228 to 195 vote along largely partisan lines.

Jul 16, 2014

U.S. Senate Democrats’ Hobby Lobby bill fails to move forward

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – An attempt by U.S. Senate Democrats to override the Supreme Court’s controversial birth control ruling failed to muster enough votes to move forward on Wednesday, but lawmakers vowed to keep pressing the issue heading into the midterm elections.

Senators, including three Republicans, voted 56-43 for the bill, which would bar employers from discriminating against female employees in coverage of preventive health services, including contraception.