Financial Regulatory Forum

INTERVIEW – Obama says will raise currency with China

U.S. President Barack Obama answers questions during an interview with Reuters in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, November 9, 2009.   REUTERS/Jim Young   (UNITED STATES POLITICS) By Caren Bohan and Alister Bull
WASHINGTON, Nov 9 (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama said on Monday he plans to raise the issue of the yuan currency with Chinese officials when he meets with them in Beijing next week.

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EXCLUSIVE – IMF exploring insurance levy on banks

By Brian Love
PARIS, Nov 8 (Reuters) – The International Monetary Fund is exploring the idea of making banks pay insurance fees to fund any future rescues in the sector, IMF managing director Dominique Strauss-Kahn said on Sunday.

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UK gives impetus to global banks tax, U.S. doubtful

Britain's Prime Minister Gordon Brown addresses the G20 Finance Ministers meeting at a hotel in St. Andrews, Scotland November 7, 2009. A tax on financial transactions to fund future bank bailouts should be considered with urgency, British Prime Minister Gordon Brown told G20 policymakers on Saturday, a significant departure from London's line to date.      REUTERS/Andrew Winning (BRITAIN BUSINESS POLITICS)   By Huw Jones
ST ANDREWS, Scotland, Nov 7 (Reuters) – Britain urged world governments on Saturday to consider a levy on banks to fund future bailouts, departing from long-held opposition, though there was little sign of the consensus needed to make it fly.

British Prime Minister Gordon Brown raised the idea at a weekend meeting of Group of 20 financial leaders in Scotland — ending London’s resistance to such moves on behalf of its huge financial sector.The United States, key to the success of any global initiative, rejected a tax on day-to-day transactions, though it left the door open to other ways to protect taxpayers from losses. Canada was also lukewarm.

“A day-by-day financial transaction tax is not something we are prepared to support,” U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner told reporters.

G20 tries to roll back moral hazard in banks

An office worker leaves an Australia and New Zealand Bank mortgage centre in central Sydney September 1, 2009.   By Huw Jones
ST ANDREWS, Scotland, Nov 6 (Reuters) – Finance ministers from the world’s big economies launch difficult discussions this weekend on how to deal with banks whose failure could destabilise economies. Any blueprint is likely to take many months to thrash out.

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G20 ministers to keep stimulus, seek ways to coordinate economies

Britain's Chancellor of the Exchequer Alistair Darling speaks at a Thomson Reuters newsmaker event in London October 21, 2009. REUTERS/Andrew Winning (BRITAIN BUSINESS POLITICS)   By Sumeet Desai
ST ANDREWS, Scotland, Nov 6 (Reuters) – The Group of 20 leading nations will agree this weekend it is too early to pull the plug on emergency support for the global economy and launch a new system of checks to help rebalance world growth and prevent future crises.

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Major foreign investment banks in Britain agree to G20 pay rules

 A video grab image shows Britain's City minister Paul Myners speaking at a Treasury Committee in London March 17, 2009.     REUTERS/Parbul TV Via Reuters TV

By Matt Falloon and Steve Slater
LONDON, Oct 14 (Reuters) – Major foreign investment banks operating in London have agreed to obey G20 and Financial Services Authority rules on remuneration, starting with payments for performance this year, the Treasury said on Wednesday.

Morgan Stanley, Bank of America, UBS, Credit Suisse, Citigroup, Goldman Sachs and JP Morgan signed up to the commitment after a meeting with Treasury minister Paul Myners.

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U.S. SEC to review accounting rules roadmap

By Huw Jones
BASEL, Switzerland, Oct 8 (Reuters) – The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission will review by the end of the autumn its milestones for possible adoption of a global set of accounting rules, its chairman Mary Schapiro said on Thursday.
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EU, Brazil up pressure on U.S. on Doha deadline

World Trade Organisation (WTO) Director-General Pascal Lamy speaks during a business meeting organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) in New Delhi September 4, 2009. Key trade ministers met on Thursday to work out how to turn political leaders' pledges to complete the Doha round trade talks by 2010 into reality. REUTERS/B Mathur (INDIA BUSINESS) By Darren Ennis
BRUSSELS, Oct 5 (Reuters) – The European Union and Brazil will increase pressure on the United States on Tuesday to set out its demands to conclude the “Doha” round of world trade talks in 2010, a draft document showed.

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G20 may blacklist regulatory havens – UK finance minister

Britain's Chancellor of the Exchequer, Alistair Darling, attends a news conference at the G20 Finance Ministers meeting, in central London September 5, 2009. ISTANBUL, Oct 3 (Reuters) – The Group of 20 major nations may blacklist countries that have lax financial regulation and impose sanctions on them, mirroring its crackdown on tax havens, Britain’s finance minister was quoted as saying.

“Just as we want to go after tax havens, we want to go after regulatory havens as well,” Alistair Darling told Emerging Markets magazine in an interview published on Saturday.

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ANALYSIS-Japan banks to bear brunt of new capital rules in Asia

A woman walks past a Nomura Securities branch in Tokyo September 25, 2009. Japan's Nikkei stock average slid 2.6 percent on Friday, as financial shares were hit hard after Nomura Holdings said it plans to issue up to $5.6 billion in shares, raising concerns other banks could follow suit.  REUTERS/Toru Hanai (JAPAN BUSINESS)   By David Dolan
   TOKYO, Oct 2 (Reuters) – After raising $54 billion of equity this year to ride out the financial crisis, banks in Asia are likely to tap markets for billions more as the G20 moves towards tightening capital requirements for global lenders. (more…)

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