Financial Regulatory Forum

Fed to trim most margins on direct loans to banks

August 19, 2009

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK, Aug 19 (Reuters) – The U.S. Federal Reserve said on Wednesday it will trim the margins for most securities banks pledge to obtain loans from its discount window and Term Auction Facility.

COLUMN-Commodity trading faces altered landscape: John Kemp

August 5, 2009

— John Kemp is a Reuters columnist. The views expressed are his own —

By John Kemp
LONDON, Aug 5 (Reuters) – While the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC)’s current review of energy markets is likely to result in only modest changes to the formal regulatory framework, centred on tougher position limits and enhanced reporting, the political landscape for commodity trading has changed profoundly.

EU clears German crisis plan for export-credit insurance

August 5, 2009

BRUSSELS, Aug 5 (Reuters) – The European Commission approved on Wednesday a short-term export-credit insurance scheme adopted by the German government to limit the impact of the financial crisis on export companies. (more…)

Bonuses topped profits at some U.S. bailout banks – NY attorney general

July 31, 2009

AIG/CUOMO By Grant McCool

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Bonuses paid to executives at nine banks that received U.S. government bailout money in 2008 were greater than net income at some of the banks, the office of New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo said on Thursday.

How the EU will force banks to save for rainy day

July 29, 2009

BRUSSELS, July 29 (Reuters) – The European Commission is consulting with the banking industry and others about more rules to make banks build up a buffer to ride market downturns.

US’s Geithner- will work with Congress, but regulatory overhaul essential

July 24, 2009

Treasury Secretary Timothy GeithnerWASHINGTON, July 24 (Reuters) – U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner said on Friday he was willing to work with lawmakers on shaping an overhaul of financial regulations but insisted major changes are necessary. The financial crisis of the past two years show the financial system “failed in its most basic responsibility” to supply credit and protect consumers and that cannot happen again, he said in prepared testimony for delivery to the U.S. House of Representatives Financial Services Committee. (more…)

EU president Sweden vows quick action on crisis

July 15, 2009

By Julien Troyer
STRASBOURG, France, July 15 (Reuters) – European Union president Sweden promised on Wednesday to secure quick agreement on moves to tighten financial regulations to combat the economic crisis and on steps to fight climate change. (more…)

“Credit Crisis Cassandra” named to U.S. inquiry

July 15, 2009

Brooksley BornWASHINGTON, July 15 (Reuters) – Brooksley Born, dubbed the “Credit Crisis Cassandra” for giving unheeded warnings about risks in the U.S. financial system, was appointed on Wednesday to a commission Congress established to investigate the causes of the U.S. and global financial crisis. (more…)

Bank of Japan extends funding steps, with eye on exit

July 15, 2009

Bank of Japan Governor Governor Masaaki ShirakawaBy Hideyuki Sano
TOKYO, July 15 (Reuters) – The Bank of Japan voted to extend its corporate finance-support measures by three months, after which they could be scaled backed or scrapped if financial conditions keep improving, the head of the central bank said on Wednesday. (more…)