Financial Regulatory Forum

ANALYSIS-Next phase of financial crisis may be the hardest

May 24, 2010

By Emily Kaiser

WASHINGTON, May 21 (Reuters) – It took $5 trillion and an unprecedented global coalition of G20 countries to stabilize the economy after investment bank Lehman Brothers collapsed in 2008. Quelling the next phase of the financial crisis may be even harder.

Market Structure Moves to Top of Regulatory Agenda

May 7, 2010

The SEC’s chief said the growing concerns about technological changes in the capital markets are going to drive much of the agency’s agenda for the rest of the year. She fears creation of a two-tier system—one for hedge funds and other large traders and a more limited tier for everyone else. Her goal includes passing a series of rules designed to update the basic principle of market fairness that was established at the agency’s founding during the New Deal, according to Thomson Reuters Checkpoint’s WG&L Accounting & Compliance Alert. (more…)

US Congress Looks for New Ways to Tax Financial Services

May 4, 2010

During a congressional hearing, lawmakers searched for ways to use the tax code to dampen short-term speculation in the financial markets and close the budget deficit. To fix the problem, they suggested changes in tax structures, including discounted capital gains tax for long-term investors, transaction tax, bank tax, and financial speculation tax, Thomson Reuters WG&L Accounting & Compliance Alert reports.

Bernanke confirmation shakier as more Democrats defect

January 22, 2010

By Thomas Ferraro and Pedro da Costa

WASHINGTON, Jan 22 (Reuters) – Ben Bernanke’s nomination for a second term as U.S. Federal Reserve chairman, once seen a sure thing, appeared increasingly under threat on Friday after two Senate Democrats said they would vote against it.

UK finance executives worried by regulation – CBI

January 19, 2010

LONDON, Jan 18 (Reuters) – London’s status as a world financial centre is at risk due to a combination of rising regulation and global economic shifts, according to senior executives polled by Britain’s biggest business lobby.

U.S. Senate panel nears agreement on role of Fed

January 6, 2010

By Rachelle Younglai

WASHINGTON, Jan 6 (Reuters) – As Congress moves to reform U.S. financial regulation, key senators are nearing bipartisan agreement on stripping the Federal Reserve of its authority to supervise banks, two people familiar with the matter said.

U.S. financial scandals seen sparking 2010 zeal

December 30, 2009

By Dan Margolies

WASHINGTON, Dec 29 (Reuters) – The year of the Ponzi scheme will be followed by heightened regulation and more aggressive prosecutions, experts say, as U.S. officials respond to past failures.

Dubai “needs more time”; investor confidence hit

December 8, 2009

Investors monitor stock prices at the Dubai Financial Market December 8, 2009. Investor confidence in Dubai took a fresh knock on Tuesday as its leaders dithered over a rescue for debt-laden company Dubai World and ratings agency Moody's slapped a downgrade on government-related debt.   REUTERS/Mosab Omar By Tamara Walid and Tessa Walsh

DUBAI, Dec 8 (Reuters) – Investor confidence in Dubai took a fresh knock on Tuesday as officials dithered over a rescue for debt-laden state conglomerate Dubai World  and ratings agency Moody’s slapped a downgrade on government-related debt.

UK bank bailout cost hits 850 billion sterling – watchdog

December 4, 2009

banking_landing_page_image By Kirstin Ridley

LONDON, Dec 4 (Reuters) – The price tag for bailing out UK banks has hit 850 billion pounds ($1.4 trillion) but Britain’s spending watchdog says the final cost to taxpayers will not be known for years.

U.S. Treasury chief Geithner, under fire, defends AIG bailout

November 19, 2009

FINANCIAL-REGULATION/GEITHNER By David Lawder and Emily Kaiser
WASHINGTON, Nov 19 (Reuters) – U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner defended on Thursday the costly bailout of AIG and urged swift regulatory reform to safeguard the economy from the failure of big financial firms.
(more…)