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.

EXCLUSIVE-Bank cop reworked in Senate financial bill-sources

By Reuters Staff
January 22, 2010

By Kevin Drawbaugh

WASHINGTON, Jan 21 (Reuters) – The beat walked by a proposed super-cop for banks is shrinking in the latest financial regulation reforms being debated in the U.S. Senate, said sources familiar with committee negotiations on Thursday.

Sleeper deposit-insurance cost for big U.S. banks gaining steam

November 20, 2009

A California National Bank branch employee posts notices that the bank has been taken over, near the bank's ATM machine in suburban Los Angeles October 30, 2009. U.S. authorities seized nine failed banks, including Los Angeles-based California National Bank, that day, the most in a single day since the financial crisis began and the latest stark sign that substantial parts of the nation's banking industry are being crippled by bad loans. REUTERS/Fred Prouser   By Karey Wutkowski
WASHINGTON, Nov 20 (Reuters) – As the biggest U.S. banks clamor to defeat Congressional measures that could break up their firms or slap a big tax on their transactions, another costly proposal is quietly gaining steam.

Obama administration praises early Senate financial bill

By Reuters Staff
November 4, 2009

U.S. President Barack Obama (R) attends a fundraiser for U.S. Senator Chris Dodd (D-CT) in Stamford, Connecticut, October 23, 2009.    By Karey Wutkowski
WASHINGTON, Nov 3 (Reuters) – The chairman of the Senate Banking Committee is poised to release a draft bill on financial regulatory reform that meets many of President Barack Obama’s core goals, but it is unclear if it will gain any Republican support, an administration official said on Tuesday.

US bank regulator sees risk in pay czar rulings

By Reuters Staff
October 26, 2009

   By Karey Wutkowski
CHICAGO, Oct 26 (Reuters) – A top U.S. bank regulator said on Monday that there is “very real concern” that some large financial firms that have received massive taxpayer bailouts could be harmed by the rulings of the Obama administration’s pay czar.Comptroller of the Currency John Dugan said pay czar Kenneth Feinberg has a difficult challenge to both rein in outsized paychecks at the seven firms he has jurisdiction over, while not being so harsh that top performers leave the companies.

U.S. bank industry groups oppose super bank cop

By Reuters Staff
October 20, 2009

WASHINGTON, Oct 20 (Reuters) – Two major bank industry groups said on Tuesday they oppose a congressional proposal to consolidate federal banking supervision into one regulator. The American Bankers Association and the Independent Community Bankers of America jointly sent a letter to lawmakers saying that maintaining multiple federal regulators provides a helpful range of regulatory perspectives and is a healthy check against any one regulator neglecting its duties.

Key US senator determined to create super bank cop

By Reuters Staff
September 29, 2009

U.S. Senator Christopher Dodd (D-CT) speaks in front of his close friend Senator Edward Kennedy's casket during a "Celebration of Life Memorial Service" for Kennedy at the John F. Kennedy Library and Presidential  Museum in Boston, Massachusetts August 28, 2009. By Karey Wutkowski
WASHINGTON, Sept 29 (Reuters) – A senior U.S. Democratic senator said on Tuesday he is moving forward with his effort to consolidate bank supervision into a single federal regulator, despite criticism from current bank regulators who do not want to lose power.

US wants banks to prepay fees to meet failure bill

By Reuters Staff
September 29, 2009

Chairman of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation Sheila Bair briefs the media on the bank and thrift industry earnings for the second quarter of 2009 while in Washington, August 27, 2009. The number of problem U.S. banks and thrifts on an official watchlist rose sharply to 416 in the second quarter of 2009 from 305 in the prior quarter, as the industry recorded a $3.7 billion loss. The FDIC said on Thursday that the industry swung back to a loss in the second quarter after reporting a $7.6 billion profit in the first quarter, primarily due to costs associated with rising levels of bad loans and falling asset values. REUTERS/Larry Downing (UNITED STATES BUSINESS POLITICS) By Karey Wutkowski
WASHINGTON, Sept 29 (Reuters) – U.S. banking regulators proposed on Tuesday that banks prepay three years of fees to help cover the rising cost of bank failures, now put at $100 billion through 2013.

Rep. Frank revises planned U.S. consumer agency bill to meet business demands

By Reuters Staff
September 25, 2009

REGULATION-SUMMIT/ By Karey Wutkowski and Rachelle Younglai
WASHINGTON, Sept 25 (Reuters) – Powerful U.S. lawmaker Barney Frank bowed to some of the financial industry’s demands and softened parts of his bill to create an agency to protect consumers from risky financial products, according to a copy of the draft bill first obtained by Reuters on Friday.

SCENARIOS-US weighs how to rebuild depleted bank insurance fund

By Reuters Staff
September 22, 2009

Federal Deposit and Insurance Corporation (FDIC) Chairman Sheila Bair,  June 17, 2009. By Karey Wutkowski
WASHINGTON, Sept 22 (Reuters) – U.S. bank regulators plan to meet next week to propose options for replenishing the insurance fund used to safeguard bank deposits, including tapping a line of credit with the Treasury Department.