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Oct 12, 2013

World top bankers warn of dire consequences if U.S. defaults

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Three of the world’s most powerful bankers warned of terrible consequences if the United States defaults on its debt, with Deutsche Bank chief executive Anshu Jain claiming default would be “utterly catastrophic.”

“This would be a very rapidly spreading, fatal disease,” Jain said on Saturday at a conference hosted by the Institute of International Finance in Washington.

Oct 9, 2013

As Fed chair, Yellen unlikely to let big banks off the hook

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Big banks hoping for a break from the U.S. Federal Reserve’s tough line on regulation will be disappointed by Janet Yellen, President Barack Obama’s choice to lead the central bank.

Yellen’s primary focus will likely be monetary policy and getting Americans back to work, banking experts said, but she is not expected to divert the Fed from its current course of insisting on robust bank capital levels and risk reduction.

Oct 8, 2013

U.S. financial stability group discusses debt ceiling, shutdown

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. financial regulators discussed the federal debt ceiling and the effect of the government shutdown on market monitoring during a phone conversation on Tuesday, a Treasury Department spokesman said.

The Financial Stability Oversight Council might meet again as October 17 approaches. That is the date on which Treasury expects to exhaust its borrowing authority, spokesman Anthony Coley said in a statement.

Oct 8, 2013

Shutdown woes pile up as Washington gridlock holds

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Tourism sagged near U.S. national parks, Washington-area workers filed more unemployment claims and futures markets grappled with a lack of data as the government shutdown, now in its second week, stretched across the nation and upset many aspects of American life.

On the national seashores along North Carolina’s Outer Banks islands, business owners compared the financial magnitude of closed beaches and waterways to that of a hurricane-forced evacuation. Scott Geib, who sells photographs near the closed Cape Hatteras lighthouse, said sales were way down last week from what would normally be a good week for him in early fall.

Oct 3, 2013

U.S. consumer bureau bars payment firm over debt-settlement fees

WASHINGTON, Oct 3 (Reuters) – The U.S. consumer watchdog
said on Thursday it fined payment processor Meracord for helping
to collect illegal debt-settlement fees, part of a broader
crackdown on companies that offer to help borrowers get rid of
debt.

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau said
debt-settlement companies, which negotiate with creditors to
help borrowers eliminate credit card or other debt, often use
outside processing companies to collect payments from consumers.

Sep 30, 2013

SEC would operate as normal in early weeks of shutdown

WASHINGTON, Sept 30 (Reuters) – The U.S. Securities and
Exchange Commission would continue reviewing IPO applications
and monitoring markets as normal in the early weeks of a
government shutdown, but market players are increasingly anxious
about the prospect of a prolonged funding gap.

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission expects to stay
open on Oct. 1 and to continue operating fully for a few weeks,
a spokesman said, even if the rest of the federal government
starts shutting down when funding runs out at midnight.

Sep 30, 2013

U.S. financial regulators would stop some operations in long shutdown

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – If a budget stalemate in the U.S. Congress leads to an extended federal government shutdown, investors can expect potential interruptions to financial product approvals and new rules, though market oversight would not grind to a halt.

Most U.S. agencies would start shuttering all but the most critical operations, keeping only skeleton staffs at work, if lawmakers cannot reach a deal on a spending bill by midnight.

Sep 19, 2013

U.S. risk council says Prudential needs close oversight

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Insurer Prudential Financial Inc said on Thursday that U.S. regulators had voted to designate the company as systemically risky, bringing it under stricter regulatory oversight.

A group of regulators known as the Financial Stability Oversight Council had been weighing whether Prudential was so big that its failure could threaten U.S. financial markets.

Sep 9, 2013

Regulators nearing deadline on systemic tag for Prudential

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. regulators are nearing a final decision on whether to bring mega insurer Prudential Financial under the tougher oversight usually reserved for Wall Street’s largest banks.

If regulators decide a non-bank firm is so big and risky that its failure could threaten the financial system, they can vote to bring it under the scrutiny of the Federal Reserve and subject it to a host of new restrictions.

Sep 9, 2013

U.S. regulators nearing deadline on systemic tag for Prudential

WASHINGTON, Sept 9 (Reuters) – U.S. regulators are nearing a
final decision on whether to bring mega insurer Prudential
Financial under the tougher oversight usually reserved
for Wall Street’s largest banks.

If regulators decide a non-bank firm is so big and risky
that its failure could threaten the financial system, they can
vote to bring it under the scrutiny of the Federal Reserve and
subject it to a host of new restrictions.