Financial Regulatory Forum

FACTBOX-US swaps reforms proposed by Agriculture panel

By Reuters Staff
April 23, 2010

WASHINGTON, April 23 (Reuters) – The Senate Agriculture Committee has proposed tough rules for the previously unregulated $450 trillion derivatives market, including a requirement for banks to spin off their swaps trading desks.

Democrats press advantage on financial reform

April 22, 2010

   By Andy Sullivan and Kevin Drawbaugh
   WASHINGTON, April 21 (Reuters) – Democrats in the U.S. Senate pressed forward on a sweeping regulation overhaul on Wednesday, backing a measure to drive banks from the lucrative derivatives market at the heart of the financial crisis. (more…)

from The Great Debate:

Financial reform bill puts GOP in dilemma

April 20, 2010

- John Kemp is a Reuters market analyst. The views expressed are his own -

Financial reform legislation is set to reach the Senate floor as early as this week. With U.S. President Barack Obama and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid holding most of the cards, pressure on Senate Republicans and Wall Street to find a compromise is becoming intense.

The Senate Banking Committee's own version of reform (S 3217) was placed on the calendar of the Senate late last week (Calendar No 349) from where the Democratic majority leader can call it up for debate at any time.

FACTBOX – How does the EU plan to shake up financial services?

By Reuters Staff
April 7, 2010

BRUSSELS, April 7 (Reuters) – The European Union (EU) is embarking on an overhaul of financial services that politicians hope will send bankers back to their roots of no-frills lending to households and business.

ANALYSIS – Obama tackles Wall Street reform in next big push

By Reuters Staff
March 25, 2010

By Caren Bohan

WASHINGTON, March 25 (Reuters) – Fresh from his victory on landmark healthcare legislation, U.S. President Barack Obama is ready to take on Wall Street.

ANALYSIS – Dodd bill takes pass on key U.S. broker reforms

By Reuters Staff
March 24, 2010

By Helen Kearney

NEW YORK, March 23 (Reuters) – As Senator Christopher Dodd’s financial regulatory reform bill heads to the full Senate, brokerages for now have escaped tougher regulation thanks largely to fierce lobbying by insurers.

SCENARIOS-How U.S. financial regulation fight might play out

By Reuters Staff
March 23, 2010

March 23 (Reuters) – The financial regulation debate has a long way to go in the U.S. Congress, with the action shifting to the full Senate and big headlines unlikely until April.

BREAKINGVIEWS-U.S. financial reform process takes risky turn

By Reuters Staff
March 23, 2010

– The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own –

Once skeptical, U.S. Congress warms to CFTC’s Gensler

By Reuters Staff
March 22, 2010

By Christopher Doering

WASHINGTON, March 19 (Reuters) – Gary Gensler, who once supported market deregulation blamed for the recent financial meltdown, has been winning over members of Congress who had been skeptical of his ability to rein in Wall Street as the top U.S. futures regulator.

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.