LONDON, Nov 17 (Reuters) – Britain’s government has batted away complaints from three top brokerages about “bullying” and unfair competition by bailed-out lenders, telling them to make a virtue of their independence or seek help from the consumer watchdog.
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LONDON, Nov 3 (Reuters) – Britain is set to announce on Tuesday a long-awaited deal with its bailed-out banks, including a record rights issue for Lloyds Banking Group and hefty disposals for Royal Bank of Scotland to appease the EU competition regulator and boost competition.
ROME, Oct 29 (Reuters) – A row between Italy and Switzerland over tax evasion deepened on Thursday with one Swiss region launching a hunt for Italian agents trespassing on its soil as Rome warned against retaliation for its raids on Swiss banks.
By David Dolan and Noriyuki Hirata
TOKYO, Sept 19 (Reuters) – Japan’s new banking minister said his plan to freeze the repayment of bank loans to help debt-burdened individuals and small companies would be a positive for the banks, even as investors have fled financial stocks.
By Kim Dixon
WASHINGTON, Sept 14 (Reuters) – Rich Americans who have evaded taxes by hiding foreign holdings have about a week to turn themselves in to an Internal Revenue Service amnesty program or gamble they will not be caught.
By Kevin Drawbaugh
WASHINGTON, Sept 9 (Reuters) – A decision by U.S. Senator Christopher Dodd to stay chairman of the Senate Banking Committee would increase chances for consumer-oriented reforms that would restrict banks, according to a research report on Wednesday, with a Dodd announcement expected soon.
FRANKFURT, Sept 9 (Reuters) – The head of U.S. bank Goldman Sachs said on Wednesday that anger over bankers’ pay was “understandable and appropriate”, and that greater scrutiny of trade in complex instruments was needed to keep banks in check. But with the banking sector bouncing back from the financial crisis, regulatory overkill could choke off economic growth, Lloyd Blankfein told an industry conference in Germany’s financial hub.
WASHINGTON, Sept 8 (Reuters) – The tiny city-state of Monaco, once on an international black list of the tax havens, signed a deal on Tuesday to abide by international norms in exchanging information about U.S. citizens who may be evading taxes by keeping money offshore. (more…)
By Kevin Drawbaugh
WASHINGTON, Sept 9 (Reuters) – Banking is supposed to be boring.
That’s the quip that lobbyists and congressional aides use, only half-jokingly, to explain what’s in store for the banking industry as governments crack down with tighter regulation.
From higher capital standards and tighter oversight, to slimmer profits and smaller bonuses, global banking promises to be a duller and less lucrative business in years ahead. (more…)
By Edward Taylor
FRANKFURT, Sept 8 (Reuters) – Top bankers defended their culture of bonuses on Tuesday against an onslaught of regulation that aims to put them on a tighter leash almost a year after Lehman Brothers collapsed. Executives from Credit Suisse Group AG, Morgan Stanley and Deutsche Bank AG said the global financial system needed reform but defended a bonus-driven system that critics say encouraged banks to take big risks.