Financial Regulatory Forum

With bank-bashing in vogue, bankers expect no hugs

By Kirstin Ridley

Banker bashing has become a bit of an international sport — and fraud allegations against Wall Street giant Goldman Sachs and a U.S. class-action suit against Germany’s Deutsche Bank has added more grist to the mill. So it’s small wonder that a bank lobby group struck a wistful note at the Reuters Global Financial Regulation Summit in London on Tuesday. (more…)

WestLB to shift 87 billion euros to first German bad bank

The headquarters of WestLB is pictured before the annual news conference in Duesseldorf March 26, 2009. REUTERS/Ina Fassbender (GERMANY BUSINESS HEADSHOT) By Jonathan Gould and Matthias Inverardi
FRANKFURT/DUESSELDORF, Oct 7 (Reuters) – Germany’s WestLB will jettison at least 87 billion euros ($128 billion) in risky assets to the country’s first “bad bank”, a move other lenders are likely to follow.

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SCENARIOS-US weighs how to rebuild depleted bank insurance fund

Federal Deposit and Insurance Corporation (FDIC) Chairman Sheila Bair,  June 17, 2009. By Karey Wutkowski
WASHINGTON, Sept 22 (Reuters) – U.S. bank regulators plan to meet next week to propose options for replenishing the insurance fund used to safeguard bank deposits, including tapping a line of credit with the Treasury Department.

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U.S. banks to be first to shed government support – economists poll

By Nigel Davies
LONDON, Sept 11 (Reuters) – U.S. banks are expected to be free of bailout obligations like those owed to the Troubled Asset Relief Program within two years, a Reuters poll of economists found on Friday, but European lenders were seen taking longer to cut loose from public support.
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US Sen Dodd to remain banking panel chairman – aide

WASHINGTON, Sept 9 (Reuters) – U.S. Senator Christopher Dodd will remain chairman of the Senate Banking Committee and not take over the health committee after the death of his friend, Senator Edward Kennedy, a Senate aide said on Wednesday.

By staying at banking, Dodd will prevent potential further delays in an already bogged-down push by Democrats to tighten regulation of banks and capital markets in response to the 2008-2009 financial crisis, the worst in decades.

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