Financial Regulatory Forum

Fed’s capital proposal not as tough as feared, may give U.S. banks advantage

By Guest Contributor
December 22, 2011

By Rachel Wolcott

NEW YORK/LONDON, Dec. 22 (Thomson Reuters Accelus) - Considering the cost of the financial crisis to the American taxpayer — anywhere between $700 billion and $12.8 trillion depending on who you talk to — the proposed capital rules the Federal Reserve published yesterday seem pretty lenient, compare to those mooted by some European countries.

U.S. ratings downgrade could make it harder for banks to raise capital, experts say

By Guest Contributor
July 20, 2011

By Emmanuel Olaoye

NEW YORK, July 20 (Thomson Reuters Accelus) – Any downgrade in the U.S. government’s credit rating stemming from a failure to raise the debt limit would make it harder for American banks to raise capital at a time that they are facing higher capital requirements, banking experts and industry representatives warned. (more…)

A letter to JPMorgan: Dimon is wrong -COLUMN

June 15, 2011

By Anat Admati, guest columnist. The views expressed are her own

PALO ALTO, California, June 15 (Thomson Reuters Accelus) -

Dear JPMorgan Chase Directors

I own some JPMorgan Chase (JPM) shares through mutual funds in my retirement account. I have read Mr. Dimon’s recent letter to shareholders and some of his public comments. I write to urge you to reconsider JPM’s actions related to capital regulation. For the overall economy, as well as for JPM, these actions are misguided. (more…)

ANALYSIS-Europe’s banks loath to jettison cash ballast for returns

By Reuters Staff
August 13, 2010

By Steve Slater

LONDON, Aug 13 (Reuters) – Some of Europe’s banks are faced with the unusual problem of holding too much cash as they try to lift sluggish returns, and few will dare to eat into capital until well into 2011 amid an uncertain regulatory outlook.

PREVIEW-Final act begins in U.S. Congress on Wall St reform

By Reuters Staff
June 7, 2010

By Kevin Drawbaugh

WASHINGTON, June 7 (Reuters) – Negotiators from the U.S. Senate and House will begin meeting this week to craft a final Wall Street reform bill, with banks facing changes that threaten their profits, if not their business models.

ANALYSIS-Markets fret, but chance of big bank crash slim

May 28, 2010

By Steve Slater and Alex Chambers

LONDON, May 28 (Reuters) – This week’s market jitters that banks were heading back to the darkest days of 2008 look overdone because lenders have vastly improved their assets and central banks stand ready with abundant funding.

Euro rescue could help banks in regulatory battle

By Reuters Staff
May 10, 2010

By Lionel Laurent and Huw Jones

PARIS/LONDON, May 10 (Reuters) – A $1 trillion rescue package to stabilise the euro could bolster European banks’ negotiating power as they attempt to fight stricter regulatory capital requirements they expect will hurt economic growth.

PREVIEW-Reuters Summit-Banks face pressure to get dull

By Reuters Staff
April 26, 2010

By Kevin Drawbaugh

WASHINGTON, April 25 (Reuters) – If the U.S. Congress approves financial regulation reform — and that looks likely to happen soon — banking stands to become a duller business.

FACTBOX – How does the EU plan to shake up financial services?

By Reuters Staff
April 7, 2010

BRUSSELS, April 7 (Reuters) – The European Union (EU) is embarking on an overhaul of financial services that politicians hope will send bankers back to their roots of no-frills lending to households and business.

US Treasury delays first step in new capital rules

By Reuters Staff
January 20, 2010

By Karey Wutkowski

WASHINGTON, Jan 20 (Reuters) – The U.S. Treasury Department has missed the first deadline in its work to draft tougher capital standards, raising questions about the timeline of international efforts to ensure stronger bank balance sheets.