Financial Regulatory Forum

SCENARIOS – Reshaping Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac

By Reuters Staff
March 22, 2010

WASHINGTON, March 22 (Reuters) – Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner is expected to lay out the Obama administration’s broad vision for restructuring mortgage finance giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac on Tuesday in congressional testimony.

US lawmakers urged to drop clearinghouse ownership cap

By Reuters Staff
November 20, 2009

U.S. Representative Barney Frank (D-MA) holds a news conference on issues before the House Financial Services Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, November 3, 2009.  REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst   By Jonathan Spicer
NEW YORK, Nov 20 (Reuters) – NYSE Euronext, LCH.Clearnet, BATS Global Markets and other firms partnered with banks have urged two U.S. legislators to drop a proposed “rigid” cap on dealer ownership of clearinghouses, according to a letter sent this week.

Sleeper deposit-insurance cost for big U.S. banks gaining steam

November 20, 2009

A California National Bank branch employee posts notices that the bank has been taken over, near the bank's ATM machine in suburban Los Angeles October 30, 2009. U.S. authorities seized nine failed banks, including Los Angeles-based California National Bank, that day, the most in a single day since the financial crisis began and the latest stark sign that substantial parts of the nation's banking industry are being crippled by bad loans. REUTERS/Fred Prouser   By Karey Wutkowski
WASHINGTON, Nov 20 (Reuters) – As the biggest U.S. banks clamor to defeat Congressional measures that could break up their firms or slap a big tax on their transactions, another costly proposal is quietly gaining steam.

U.S. House Democrats sharpening ‘too big to fail’ plan

By Reuters Staff
November 18, 2009

U.S. Representative Barney Frank (D-MA) holds a news conference on issues before the House Financial Services Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, November 3, 2009.  REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst    (UNITED STATES POLITICS BUSINESS) By Kevin Drawbaugh
WASHINGTON, Nov 17 (Reuters) – A key U.S. congressional panel moved toward toughening a plan for dealing with “too big to fail” financial firms on Tuesday, while rejecting a Republican alternative backed by Wall Street.

US Rep. Frank seeks changes in derivatives bill

By Reuters Staff
November 4, 2009

U.S. Representative Barney Frank (D-MA), Chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, listens to a reporter's question during the Reuters Global Financial Regulation Summit in Washington, April 28, 2009.     WASHINGTON, Nov 4 (Reuters) – The chairman of the U.S. House Financial Services Committee is seeking changes to draft legislation for the $450 trillion privately-traded derivatives markets, with the intent of making it harder for banks to avoid trading the contracts on exchanges.

Big-bank containment strategy catches on in US, EU

By Reuters Staff
November 3, 2009

By Kevin Drawbaugh
WASHINGTON, Nov 3 (Reuters) – The government should be able to restrict the size of financial firms so they do not become “too big to fail,” two key U.S. Democratic lawmakers said on Tuesday, echoing proposals being made in Europe.

US lawmaker favors curbing size of financial firms

By Reuters Staff
November 3, 2009

WASHINGTON, Nov. 3 (Reuters) – The government should have the authority to break up or reconstruct financial firms before they become “too big to fail,” a prominent U.S. lawmaker said on Tuesday.

U.S. financial reform faces Republican challenges

By Reuters Staff
November 2, 2009

By Kevin Drawbaugh and Rachelle Younglai

WASHINGTON, Nov 2 (Reuters) – Key U.S. senators are still deeply divided on basic financial regulation reforms, making it unlikely a bill expected soon from Senate Democrats could become law this year, analysts said on Monday.

Credit rating agency bill backed by US House panel

By Reuters Staff
October 29, 2009

By Kevin Drawbaugh
WASHINGTON, Oct 28 (Reuters) – Credit rating agencies, which have been widely blamed for failing to spot problems that helped trigger the global financial crisis, would be more tightly regulated under legislation approved on Wednesday by the U.S. House of Representatives Financial Services Committee.

US congressional panel backs new rules for hedge funds, short of White House aims

By Reuters Staff
October 28, 2009

By Kevin Drawbaugh and Rachelle Younglai
WASHINGTON, Oct 27 (Reuters) – U.S. regulators would be able to peer into the secretive world of hedge funds and private equity funds under a bill passed by a key congressional committee on Tuesday.
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