Financial Regulatory Forum

ANALYSIS-Deck chairs secure aboard USS Financial Regulation

By Reuters Staff
March 22, 2010

By Kevin Drawbaugh

WASHINGTON, March 21 (Reuters) – The big U.S. government agencies in charge of policing banks and markets, despite being excoriated over the severe 2008-2009 financial crisis, have successfully dodged a major structural shake-up.

U.S. futures regulator wants ‘Eddie Murphy’ insider-trading ban

By Reuters Staff
March 3, 2010

By Roberta Rampton and Charles Abbott

WASHINGTON, March 3 (Reuters) – The top U.S. futures regulator wants Congress to include as part of its financial regulatory reform package new securities-style firewalls and insider trading bans for commodities, the chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission said on Wednesday.

U.S. regulator rejects CME stance on Treasury futures

By Reuters Staff
January 27, 2010

By Ann Saphir

CHICAGO, Jan 26 (Reuters) – U.S. regulators rejected as “unpersuasive” CME Group Inc’s decision to bar traders from moving their Treasury futures positions to upstart exchange ELX Futures by using a block-trade mechanism offered by ELX.

CFTC position limit plan will be published on Tuesday

By Reuters Staff
January 25, 2010

WASHINGTON, Jan 25 (Reuters) – The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s proposal to impose position limits on four energy futures and options contracts will published in the Federal Register on Tuesday and be open for public comment for 90 days.

FACTBOX-Profiles of CFTC commissioners on position limits

By Reuters Staff
January 19, 2010

WASHINGTON, Jan 19 (Reuters) – The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission last week released its long-awaited proposal to curb speculation in energy futures markets, but several of its top officials expressed reservations that could make it

PREVIEW-U.S. cotton trade frets over volatile trading

By Reuters Staff
January 4, 2010

By Rene Pastor

NEW ORLEANS, Jan 4 (Reuters) – The U.S. cotton industry remains worried about volatile trading in the futures market and is hopeful that demand is gradually recovering from the world’s worst economic downturn in 70 years, a senior official said Monday.

CFTC misses deadline on position limits decision

By Reuters Staff
December 21, 2009

WASHINGTON, Dec 21 (Reuters) – The U.S. futures market regulator on Monday missed a self-imposed end-of-fall deadline to decide whether to issue a proposal to limit the number of contracts investors can hold in “physical” commodities, such as crude oil.

U.S. Senate agriculture panel head plans own US swaps reform bill

By Reuters Staff
November 18, 2009

Senator Blanche Lincoln (D-AR) (C) speaks about the 2007 budget in a news conference at the Capitol in Washington, February 9, 2006. Also pictured are Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) (L) and Senator Kent Conrad (D-ND).   REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst WASHINGTON, Nov 18 (Reuters) – The U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee chairman said on Wednesday she intends to draft legislation “that will bring much-needed transparency and accountability to the over-the-counter derivatives market.”

Proposed U.S. risk regulator overlaps SEC, CFTC – futures regulator Gensler

By Reuters Staff
November 17, 2009

WASHINGTON, Nov 17 (Reuters) – A proposed super-regulator for the U.S. financial system could result in overlapping overseers of the securities and futures exchanges, said the chief futures regulator on Tuesday.
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