Financial Regulatory Forum

COLUMN-Cocoa’s rise and fall puts spotlight on FSA: John Kemp

September 15, 2010

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

By John Kemp

LONDON, Sept 15 (Reuters) – Cocoa’s stunning rally and equally spectacular bust over the last five months provides compelling evidence that large positions, especially in contracts close to delivery, influence futures prices, and that regulators should develop effective position limits to ensure market prices reflect supply-demand fundamentals and not the impact of dominant positions.

FACTBOX-UK fleshes out financial supervisory shake up

July 26, 2010

July 26 (Reuters) – Britain detailed on Monday how its new financial supervisory regime will work from 2012 in a move that scraps the Financial Services Authority and turns the Bank of England into one of the most powerful central banks in the world.

COLUMN-Even sober brokers can abuse markets out of hours: Kemp

June 29, 2010

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

By John Kemp

LONDON, June 29 (Reuters) – With its decision to fine and ban a former oil broker for manipulating the price of Brent crude oil last year as a result of trading while drunk, Britain’s Financial Services Authority (FSA) has continued its push to introduce higher standards into trading on the London commodity markets.

COLUMN-FSA coffee case heralds commods crackdown: John Kemp

June 2, 2010

LONDON, June 2 (Reuters) – The Financial Services Authority’s (FSA) decision to fine a London coffee broker 100,000 pounds ($146,400) and ban him from working in the financial services industry marks a significant toughening in the market abuse regime for commodities.

COLUMN-UK financial regulator gets first big scalp: John Kemp

May 18, 2010

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

By John Kemp

LONDON, May 18 (Reuters) – The UK Financial Services Authority’s (FSA) efforts to clean up the City of London have often seemed to owe a debt to Monty Python’s ineffectual Spanish Inquisition.

ANALYSIS-UK bank changes will be outweighed by EU

May 12, 2010

By Huw Jones

LONDON, May 12 (Reuters) – The new British government will make the Bank of England responsible for spotting asset bubbles as part of global efforts to learn from the financial crisis but the new set-up will still be overshadowed by EU centralisation.

NEWSMAKER – Chief enforcer takes tough line on UK market abuse

March 31, 2010

By Clara Ferreira-Marques and Huw Jones

LONDON, March 30 (Reuters) – A tough-talking, high-flying litigator, Margaret Cole joined Britain’s financial regulator five years ago as it began a crackdown on market abuse.

Reuters Summit – Regulators, fund providers, at odds over investor information

March 25, 2010

By Antonia van de Velde and Martin de Sa’Pinto

LUXEMBOURG, March 24 (Reuters) – Regulators and fund providers agree on the need to restore investor faith in financial markets, but are at odds over how to both ease client fears and guarantee a greater degree of security.

FACTBOX – Britain makes arrests in insider dealing probe

March 24, 2010

LONDON, March 24 (Reuters) – A raid on top banks and a hedge fund on Tuesday as part of an insider dealing investigation sent shockwaves through London’s financial centre, as British authorities try to establish their crime-fighting credentials.

UK won’t tighten liquidity rules on banks for now

March 8, 2010

By Huw Jones

LONDON, March 8 (Reuters) – Banks operating in Britain were given more breathing space on Monday when their regulator, the Financial Services Authority, said it would not demand higher liquidity levels until the economy is recovering properly.