Financial Regulatory Forum

U.S. dollar role in sanctions, AML fight threatened by looming rival payments system

May 14, 2015

A looming erosion of U.S. dollar dominance in international payments threatens to cripple the worldwide reach of financial sanctions and anti-money laundering controls led by the United States and its allies. This would compel Western financial institutions to improve data and analysis about their customers to guard against tainted money, officials said.

Training as a tool for promoting “mood in the middle” compliance

May 12, 2015

By Julie DiMauro, Compliance Complete

NEW YORK, May 12 (Thomson Reuters Accelus) – The training and education programs offered business staff by compliance departments can be an important tool for setting the right “mood in the middle,” an ethical tone demonstrating the embedding of a firm’s compliance objectives within its culture, according to industry participants at last week’s Thomson Reuters Financial and Risk Summit in New York.
Dozens of recent and expensive compliance failures illustrate that policies alone do not make an effective compliance culture. Speakers emphasized the importance of mid-level managers, and not just the top of company hierarchy, in conveying the necessary ethical and compliance standards. Regular and ad hoc compliance training sessions, used to keep business personnel apprised of the firm’s policies and procedures as well as regulatory events, are a good venue for that.  (more…)

INTERVIEW: E*Trade bank growth limited by U.S. regulatory asset threshold – CRO Mike Pizzi

April 21, 2015

The Dodd-Frank $50 billion asset threshold used to categorize systemically important banks has been a strategic business factor for E*Trade, the online broker, and unless there are compelling factors to breach the mark, the firm will continue to limit expansion of its balance sheet, chief risk officer, Mike Pizzi, said in an interview this week. (more…)

Shortcomings seen in U.S. nonbank systemic-risk process for insurers

April 21, 2015

Critics of the the Financial Stability Oversight Council’s designation of nonbanks as systemically important got a chance last month to point to what they viewed as shortcomings in its approach, while also offering clues for possible improvements, during a U.S. Senate hearing on the issue. 

Uncertainty over resolution regime may hamper loss-absorbency standard for big banks

March 18, 2015

Even as international standards slowly take shape for total loss absorbency capacity (TLAC) – key element of the regulatory effort to end the perception that major banks are “too-big-to-fail” – pe the end of a consultation period last month left uncertainty lingering over restrictions on many of its provisions, and more importantly, the context in which it would operate.

Not a good start to the year: Goodyear Tire fine and the FCPA lessons

March 3, 2015

By Julie DiMauro, Compliance Complete

NEW YORK, March 3, 2015 (Thomson Reuters Accelus) – The due diligence that companies must perform before acquiring overseas companies and the anti-bribery controls required of foreign subsidiaries came into clear focus this week when the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) sanctioned Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. $16.2 million for alleged Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) violations.

IA Brief: Six steps to address U.S. SEC cybersecurity focus

February 11, 2015

Now that the Securities and Exchange Commission has formally named cybersecurity as a top exam priority, firms must prepare for the impending scrutiny.

Basel committee tightens disclosure requirements for banks

February 6, 2015

In an effort to streamline banks’ regulatory data through increased transparency, and make them more comparable and consistent across the board, the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision has publishedrevised standards on disclosures.

Eight products on FINRA examiners’ watch lists in 2015

January 30, 2015

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority’s 2015 exam priorities letter named eight products that it plans to monitor for risks to investors.

Back-tested performance – often misleading, but not off-limits with precautions

January 29, 2015

(Reporting by Julie DiMauro and Jason Wallace)

In separate actions against a Massachusetts-based exchange-traded funds investment manager, the SEC warned advisers to be careful if they advertise their performance, and to pay particular attention to the distinctions between true actual performance, model performance and back-tested performance.