Financial Regulatory Forum

ANALYSIS-U.S. TARP bailout fund may outlive expiry date

US Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner (R) engages with reporters during the 2009 Reuters Washington Summit in Washington, October 20, 2009.  REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst    (UNITED STATES POLITICS BUSINESS) By Glenn Somerville
WASHINGTON, Oct 21 (Reuters) – The Obama administration appears to want to keep an inherited $700 billion financial rescue fund going past its scheduled expiry at year-end, but is retooling the program to focus on more than just banks.

That would be a major shift from its original purpose as a vehicle for propping up big banks — now seen as neither needing nor deserving a taxpayer-supported helping hand — and may set up a battle with Congress over the program’s fate.


U.S. internal review blasts SEC over Madoff

Defrauded investors and their supporters hold signs during a rally near the United States Courthouse in lower Manhattan, June 29, 2009, after the sentencing hearing for convicted swindler Bernard Madoff. BOSTON/WASHINGTON, Sept 2 (Reuters) – U.S. securities
regulators missed repeated chances to uncover Bernard Madoff’s Ponzi scheme, a sharply critical review by a federal watchdog said on Wednesday.

A summary of a report by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s Inspector General, released by the SEC, described five investigations the SEC launched into Madoff’s business because of complaints dating to 1992, and said “a thorough and competent investigation or examination was never performed.”