Financial Regulatory Forum

Regulatory forbearance looms as next big supervisory risk for financial giants

By Guest Contributor
September 9, 2011

By Susannah Hammond

LONDON/NEW YORK, Sept. 9 (Thomson Reuters Accelus) – Regulatory forbearance is not a concept that has hit many headlines. It is, however, emerging as an underlying theme in publications by a range of bodies, from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to the European Union and beyond. Regulatory forbearance is not about supervisory incompetence but, rather, the potential for a fully briefed regulator to decide not to intervene. There may be many legitimate occasions when non-intervention is the right call but, when judged with the benefit of hindsight, more supervisory interventions, made sooner, could have ameliorated some of the worst of the issues arising out of the financial crisis.

FACTBOX-How the EU plans to shake up financial services

September 27, 2010

Sept 27 (Reuters) – European Union central bankers, lawmakers and ministers meet in Brussels this week for the annual Eurofi symposium to discuss the bloc’s financial reform plans.

OPINION-The heavy lift of harmonization-CFTC’s Chilton

By Guest Contributor
September 24, 2010

–The author is Bart Chilton, a commissioner at the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission. The opinions represent the view of the author and not that of Reuters.

ANALYSIS-Frustrated EU carbon traders play waiting game

May 28, 2010

By Michael Szabo

COLOGNE, Germany May 28 (Reuters) – Major changes proposed to the European Union’s emissions market could dramatically alter the landscape for traders, who are increasingly frustrated by regulatory uncertainty and political stalemate.

ANALYSIS-EU faces battle over closer economic union

By Reuters Staff
May 21, 2010

By Timothy Heritage

BRUSSELS, May 21 (Reuters) – Agreeing on a $1 trillion safety net may prove the easy part of saving the euro now the European Union’s leaders are turning to the divisive issue of tightening economic policy coordination.

FACTBOX – Comparing EU and U.S. financial reform

May 21, 2010

LONDON, May 21 (Reuters) – The U.S. Senate approved a reform of Wall Street on Thursday and President Barack Obama may be signing into law the most sweeping changes to financial rules since the 1930s as soon as next month.

ANALYSIS-Europe won’t go as far as Germany on CDS, bonds

By Reuters Staff
May 19, 2010

By Huw Jones and John O’Donnell

LONDON/BRUSSELS, May 19 (Reuters) – The European Union, struggling to calm volatile financial markets, intends to curb speculation in government debt but remains very unlikely to imitate harsh steps announced by Germany.

FACTBOX-How European rules will curb hedge funds

By Reuters Staff
May 19, 2010

May 19 (Reuters) – The European Union’s 27 countries and the bloc’s parliament agreed to tighten controls of hedge funds and private equity this week.

EU says won’t copy U.S. bank plan; bank ethics face scrutiny over Greece

By Reuters Staff
February 16, 2010
Watching the banks

Watching the banks

  BRUSSELS, Feb 16 (Reuters) – Banks in the European Union won’t face a ban on proprietary trading, the bloc’s executive body said on Tuesday, but warned the sector to check its ethics.

EU states cool to Obama proprietary trading ban for big banks -document

By Reuters Staff
February 15, 2010

BRUSSELS, Feb 15 (Reuters) – If U.S. President Barack Obama’s plan to ban proprietary trading at some banks was applied in the European Union, it could be problematic for the bloc’s universal banks, an EU document obtained by Reuters said.