Financial Regulatory Forum

U.S. House panel passes derivatives overhaul in big step for Obama

By Reuters Staff
October 16, 2009

By Kevin Drawbaugh and Charles Abbott

WASHINGTON, Oct 15 (Reuters) – The Obama administration scored its first financial regulation reform victory in months on Thursday when a U.S. congressional committee approved new regulations for over-the-counter derivatives.

New U.S. derivatives bill addresses end user concerns

By Reuters Staff
October 9, 2009

U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson (D-MN), chairman of the House Agriculture Committee, answers reporters' questions on his views of the relationship between the U.S. Federal Reserve and Wall Street, at the Reuters Financial Regulation Summit  in Washington, April 27, 2009.  REUTERS/Mike Theiler  (UNITED STATES POLITICS BUSINESS) By Kevin Drawbaugh and Christopher Doering
WASHINGTON, Oct 9 (Reuters) – The chairman of the U.S. House of Representatives Agriculture Committee on Friday unveiled a draft bill on regulation of over-the-counter derivatives that differs in some key respects from bills drawn up elsewhere in the House and by the Obama administration.

OTC derivative end-users exempted in draft US bill

By Reuters Staff
October 5, 2009

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WASHINGTON, Oct 5 (Reuters) – A wide swath of end-users of over-the-counter derivatives contracts would be exempted from new rules requiring centralized clearing under draft legislation circulating in the U.S. Congress on Monday.

SEC, CFTC to release harmonization report on Oct 15

By Reuters Staff
September 30, 2009

Gary Gensler (R), chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, and Mary Schapiro, chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission, testify before the House Financial services committee during a hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington July 22, 2009 (file photo). REUTERS/Yuri Gripas (UNITED STATES POLITICS BUSINESS) By Christopher Doering
WASHINGTON, Sept 30 (Reuters) – The two main U.S.
regulators policing the securities and futures markets said on
Wednesday they will issue on Oct. 15 a report outlining where
their regulatory frameworks differ and ways to bridge those
gaps.

US SEC warns swaps may evade White House reform

By Reuters Staff
September 22, 2009

USA/ By Charles Abbott and Rachelle Younglai
WASHINGTON, Sept 22 (Reuters) – The U.S. securities regulator warned Congress on Tuesday that parts of the $450 trillion private swaps market could still fall through regulatory cracks under the Obama administration’s financial reform plan.

Divide grows on setting U.S. energy position limits

By Reuters Staff
September 16, 2009

Traders work in the Crude & Natural Gas Options pit at the New York Mercantile Exchange June 10, 2009.   REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton By Christopher Doering
WASHINGTON, Sept 16 (Reuters) – The top U.S. futures regulator and two main commodity exchanges were conflicted on Wednesday over who should set tougher position limits if the the Commodity Futures Trading Commission proceeds to take action to curb market manipulation.

EU joins U.S. call for more oil market transparency

September 16, 2009

By Jan Strupczewski and Pete Harrison
BRUSSELS, Sept 16 (Reuters) – The European Union has joined the United States in calling for action to improve transparency in oil markets, a draft EU document shows. (more…)

US, Britain to work on clearinghouse oversight

By Reuters Staff
September 15, 2009

Gary Gensler, chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, testifies before the House Financial services committee on Capitol Hill in Washington July 2009, REUTERS/Yuri Gripas WASHINGTON, Sept 15 (Reuters) – The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission and the United Kingdom’s Financial Services Authority said they will cooperate on the cross-border oversight of clearinghouses.

U.S. needs needs easier way to prove commodity futures manipulation – regulator

By Reuters Staff
September 15, 2009

By Christopher Doering
WASHINGTON, Sept 15 (Reuters) – U.S. prosecutors need an easier way to prove manipulation in commodity futures cases in order to better protect the market and consumers, a commissioner with the Commodity Futures Trading Commission said on Tuesday.