Financial Regulatory Forum

U.S. Sen. Dodd urges plan to create super bank cop

September 30, 2009

SENATE    WASHINGTON, Sept 29 (Reuters) – A top U.S. senator said on Tuesday that 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 their authorities.
   “It’s clear that we need to end charter shopping, where institutions look around for the regulator that will go easiest on them,” said Christopher Dodd, the Democratic chairman of the Senate Banking Committee.
   Dodd’s plan would consolidate the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency and the U.S. Office of Thrift Supervision into one regulator. It would also strip direct bank supervision powers from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp and the Federal Reserve, transferring those powers to the new regulator. (Reporting by Karey Wutkowski, editing by Gerald E. McCormick) (( +1 202 898 8374)) Keywords: FINANCIAL/REGULATION BANKS 
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Congress to probe SEC’s lapse on Madoff

September 4, 2009

MADOFF/    WASHINGTON, Sept 3 (Reuters) – An investigative panel in the U.S. Congress will hold hearings on the failure of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to follow clues that could have uncovered Bernard Madoff’s $65 billion Ponzi scheme.

Obama administration unveils U.S. insurance office language

July 22, 2009

WASHINGTON, July 22 (Reuters) – The Obama administration on Wednesday released proposed legislative language for its proposal to create an Office of National Insurance as a part of the U.S. Treasury Department.
The language says the office, part of the administration’s broad plan to reshape U.S. financial regulation, would “monitor all aspects of the insurance industry.” (more…)

U.S. Treasury sends credit-rating regulation bill to Congress

July 21, 2009

WASHINGTON, July 21 (Reuters) – The U.S. Treasury Department sent a draft bill to Congress that would prevent credit rating agencies from consulting for the companies they evaluate, and said it hoped new disclosure and conflict-of-interest rules will curb the agencies’ power. (more…)

Obama sees battle in Congress over consumer protections

July 21, 2009

U.S. President Barack ObamaWASHINGTON, July 21 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama said regulatory reform will be a “major battle” in Congress, where the financial industry has some powerful backers.   “Part of what really gets me frustrated is when I hear that some of the banks are resisting the idea of a consumer finance protection agency that we’ve put forward,” he said in an interview with NBC’s “Today” show that aired on Tuesday. (more…)

US Congress gets pay bill as bank bonuses swell

July 17, 2009

   By Kevin Drawbaugh
   WASHINGTON, July 16 (Reuters) – With the smell of fat bonus checks again wafting down Wall Street, the Obama administration and Democrats in Congress on Thursday moved closer to a clampdown on U.S. corporate executive pay.

US’s Geithner seeks clampdown on derivatives dealers

July 10, 2009

U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner By Rachelle Younglai
WASHINGTON, July 10 (Reuters) – U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner on Friday proposed clamping down on dealers in freewheeling markets for little-understood derivatives that helped create a crisis in U.S. and world financial markets.  In testimony at a joint hearing by two congressional panels that will play a role in writing legislation on derivatives, Geithner set out proposals that would make big dealers like JPMorgan Chase and Goldman Sachs subject to much stronger supervision than was the case in the past.

U.S. should be open to second stimulus – congressional leader

July 7, 2009

   By Susan Cornwell and Jeremy Pelofsky
   WASHINGTON, July 7 (Reuters) – U.S. leaders should be open to the possibility of a second stimulus package to jolt the economy out of a recession still causing job losses, House of Representatives Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said on Tuesday. But in the Senate, Majority Leader Harry Reid was more skeptical of the need for more stimulus spending — an idea which has rattled markets fearful that the economy is far from well and corporate earnings could suffer.  (more…)