Financial Regulatory Forum

JPMorgan’s massive spending on controls underlines “aggressive” relations with regulators

By Guest Contributor
September 24, 2013

By Henry Engler, Compliance Complete

NEW YORK, Sept. 24 (Thomson Reuters Accelus) - What was once a more consultative relationship between JPMorgan and its regulators has turned into an environment of aggressive demands to reshape the banking giant, say bankers.

Staging “Macbeth” in Manhattan: enforcement in the aftermath of Libor and Standard Chartered

By Guest Contributor
August 31, 2012

By Justin O’Brien, Thomson Reuters Accelus contributing author

LONDON/NEW YORK, Aug. 31 (Thomson Reuters Accelus) - Despite the lack of commentary from either the White House or federal executive agencies, the Standard Chartered investigation — and the manner in which it was handled — is certain to reignite the festering feud over how to regulate finance. Absent the physical bloodshed, the power struggle for control of banking regulation and how to change its culture finds remarkable parallels in Macbeth, the classic Shakespearean tale of political infighting. As with Banquo’s Ghost, the spectre of Eliot Spitzer and his battles with federal counterparts over the purpose of regulation looms large.  (more…)

COLUMN-Regs, tax breaks expiry to hit U.S. lending: James Saft

May 25, 2010

(James Saft is a Reuters columnist. The opinions expressed are his own)

By Jim Saft

HUNTSVILLE, Ala., May 25 (Reuters) – With tax credits for house buyers gone and tough new banking regulations on the way, expect lending in the United States to come under significant pressure.

FACTBOX – Comparing EU and U.S. financial reform

May 21, 2010

LONDON, May 21 (Reuters) – The U.S. Senate approved a reform of Wall Street on Thursday and President Barack Obama may be signing into law the most sweeping changes to financial rules since the 1930s as soon as next month.

Merkel says G20 needs to act on big banks’ influence

By Reuters Staff
January 20, 2010

BERLIN, Jan 20 (Reuters) – The Group of 20 economic powers needs to develop a set of rules to prevent banks becoming so big that they can hold governments to ransom, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Wednesday.

UK expects “satisfactory” deal on new EU watchdogs

November 4, 2009

A video grab image shows Britain's City minister Paul Myners speaking at a Treasury Committee in London March 17, 2009.      By Huw Jones
LONDON, Nov 4 (Reuters) – Britain said on Wednesday it expects a satisfactory deal on setting up new European Union watchdogs for banks even though a key decision by the bloc’s finance ministers is less than a month away.

Banks under fire in US Congress, Dodd targets fees

By Reuters Staff
October 19, 2009

Senate Banking Committee Chairman Sen. Chris Dodd listens to testimony at the Senate Banking Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, July 23, 2009.      REUTERS/Larry Downing (UNITED STATES POLITICS BUSINESS) By Kevin Drawbaugh
WASHINGTON, Oct 19 (Reuters) – Banks could not charge overdraft fees on cash-machine and debit-card transactions unless customers have opted in to an overdraft protection program, under a bill introduced in the U.S. Senate on Monday. (more…)

ECB’s Orphanides: cenbanks need bigger reg role

September 25, 2009

ECB Governing Council member and Cyprus Central Bank Governor Athanasios Orphanides speaks in an interview with Reuters in Nicosia June 23, 2008. Picture taken June 23, 2008.  REUTERS/Andreas Manolis (CYPRUS)   By Ros Krasny
   CHICAGO, Sept 25 (Reuters) – Reforms that come out of the recent financial crisis should include enhancing the role of central banks in supervising financial firms, a top European Central Bank policy-maker said on Friday. (more…)

BIS-New bank rules help avoid booms, busts-Trichet

September 7, 2009

ECB-RATES/    BASEL, Sept 7 (Reuters) – New global rules for bank oversight should help ease boom-and-bust cycles and prevent the build-up of asset bubbles, top central bankers said on Monday. (more…)