WASHINGTON, July 20 (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama said on Monday that Wall Street banks had failed to show remorse for the “wild risks” that triggered a financial meltdown and helped to push the United States into recession.
Financial Regulatory Forum
By Kevin Drawbaugh
WASHINGTON, July 16 (Reuters) – With the smell of fat bonus checks again wafting down Wall Street, the Obama administration and Democrats in Congress on Thursday moved closer to a clampdown on U.S. corporate executive pay.
By Foo Yun Chee and Huw Jones
BRUSSELS/LONDON, July 16 (Reuters) – Crisis-hit banks seeking European Union regulatory approval for state aid may have to sell assets and curb their market and geographical expansion, according to a draft EU document on bank restructuring rules.
LONDON, July 16 (Reuters) – Following is recation to a UK government-sponsored review of the way the UK banking system is run and governed.
David Walker, a former chairman of Morgan Stanley bank’s international unit, on Thursday published 39 recommendations for changes in the way banks are run, from pay policies to selecting board members, in a bid to apply lessons from the credit crunch.
WASHINGTON, July 13 (Reuters) – Banks will not have to pay higher supervisory fees if the Obama administration’s proposed new Consumer Financial Protection Agency gets off the ground and they will not have to seek the regulator’s pre-approval for “plain-vanilla” products, an administration official said on Monday.
By Steve Eder and Rachelle Younglai
NEW YORK/WASHINGTON, July 13 (Reuters) – The banking industry is gearing up for a battle over the lucrative derivatives market, but will have to fight hard to head off a crackdown by regulators.
Calls to regulate the $450 trillion private market — long seen as the Wild West of the financial services sector — have been building for months. Policymakers were caught off guard when a type of derivative — credit default swaps — nearly toppled insurer American International Group Inc and global financial markets. (more…)
By Huw Jones
LONDON/BRUSSELS, July 13 (Reuters) – The European Union on Monday unveiled a new law that punishes banks who encourage too much risk-taking with their policies on pay, in an effort to put an end to the practices blamed for the credit crunch.
A draft law published by the European Commission tightens EU rules on bank capital and requires banks to improve disclosure of the holdings in securitised products, bidding to apply lessons from the worst financial crisis since the 1930s. (more…)
BASEL, Switzerland, July 13 (Reuters) – The Basel Committee published the final version on Monday of its new rules that will force banks to tie up more capital to offset trading book risks from the end of 2010. (more…)
WASHINGTON, July 10 (Reuters) – The Obama administration is asking the largest mortgage finance companies to quicken the pace of modifying home loans and so help more troubled borrowers avoid foreclosure. The largest 25 mortgage servicers should appoint a special liaison officer to work directly with government officials who are overseeing the program meant to save as many as 4 million borrowers from foreclosure. (more…)