Financial Regulatory Forum

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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US SEC won’t finalize proxy access for board nominations until early 2010

Mary Schapiro, chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission (file photo) WASHINGTON, Oct 2 (Reuters) – Finalizing a controversial proposal to give U.S. investors a cheaper and easier way to nominate corporate directors is taking longer than expected and securities regulators will not vote on it until early in 2010.

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SEC, CFTC to release harmonization report on Oct 15

Gary Gensler (R), chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, and Mary Schapiro, chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission, testify before the House Financial services committee during a hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington July 22, 2009 (file photo). REUTERS/Yuri Gripas (UNITED STATES POLITICS BUSINESS) By Christopher Doering
WASHINGTON, Sept 30 (Reuters) – The two main U.S.
regulators policing the securities and futures markets said on
Wednesday they will issue on Oct. 15 a report outlining where
their regulatory frameworks differ and ways to bridge those
gaps.

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U.S. SEC mulls securities lending as risks exposed

Mary Schapiro, chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission (file photo) By Rachelle Younglai
WASHINGTON, Sept 29 (Reuters) – U.S. securities regulators are eyeing new restrictions on the multi-trillion dollar securities lending market used by short-sellers after the credit crisis revealed the industry was “anything but low risk.”

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US SEC warns swaps may evade White House reform

USA/ By Charles Abbott and Rachelle Younglai
WASHINGTON, Sept 22 (Reuters) – The U.S. securities regulator warned Congress on Tuesday that parts of the $450 trillion private swaps market could still fall through regulatory cracks under the Obama administration’s financial reform plan.

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U.S. SEC predicts more detailed reporting by hedge funds

Mary Schapiro, chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission appears before the House Financial services committee in Washington July 22, 2009. By Karey Wutkowski

WASHINGTON, Sept 18 (Reuters) – U.S. hedge funds will likely have to provide “pretty detailed reporting” to regulators in the future and some public disclosure of their activities, the chairman of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission said on Friday. Mary Schapiro said her agency is already exploring what the requirements might look like — and how to balance competitiveness concerns — as Congress debates whether to give the SEC more power. (more…)

U.S. internal review blasts SEC over Madoff

Defrauded investors and their supporters hold signs during a rally near the United States Courthouse in lower Manhattan, June 29, 2009, after the sentencing hearing for convicted swindler Bernard Madoff. BOSTON/WASHINGTON, Sept 2 (Reuters) – U.S. securities
regulators missed repeated chances to uncover Bernard Madoff’s Ponzi scheme, a sharply critical review by a federal watchdog said on Wednesday.

A summary of a report by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s Inspector General, released by the SEC, described five investigations the SEC launched into Madoff’s business because of complaints dating to 1992, and said “a thorough and competent investigation or examination was never performed.”

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Exchanges differ on harmonization of U.S. regulators

Gary Gensler (R), chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, and Mary Schapiro, chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission, testify before the House Financial services committee during a hearing on   the Obama Administration's financial regulatory reform proposals  on Capitol Hill in Washington July 22, 2009. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas (UNITED STATES POLITICS BUSINESS) By Christopher Doering and Rachelle Younglai
WASHINGTON, Sept 2 (Reuters) – Major exchanges differed on how far U.S. securities and futures regulators should align their rules, with the world’s largest – the Chicago Mercantile Exchange – arguing against a one-size-fits-all rule.
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U.S. senator asks SEC to review market structure, flash trading

U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman Mary Schapiro testifies before the Senate Banking Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, June 22, 2009.    REUTERS/Jim Young      By Jonathan Spicer
NEW YORK, Aug 24 (Reuters) – Senator Ted Kaufman on Monday asked U.S. regulators to undertake a comprehensive review of several “questionable” developments in the structure of capital markets, the latest lawmaker to weigh in on so-called dark pools, flashes, and high-frequency trading.

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U.S. SEC warns investors on leveraged exchange-traded funds

Securities and Exchange Commission Chairwoman Mary Schapiro

By Ross Kerber
BOSTON, Aug 18 (Reuters) – Federal securities officials warned investors for the first time on Tuesday that leveraged exchange-traded funds could lead to big losses.

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