In the wake of revelations outlining how a Panamanian law firm helped the wealthy stash wealth offshore, 11 financial transparency advocacy groups on Monday urged the U.S. Treasury Department’s anti-money laundering unit to issue a final rule requiring investment advisers to help combat financial crime. An adviser trade group disputed the accuracy of the group’s criticisms, and the Treasury unit developing the rule says it is still weighing public comments. (more…)
Financial Regulatory Forum
By Lawrence Hsieh, Practical Law for Regulatory Intelligence
(Thomson Reuters Regulatory Intelligence) – There is a general consensus that the next financial crisis will follow the familiar arc of bubble, falling asset values, a run, credit/liquidity crunch, finger-pointing, new regulation, financial innovation, and unintended consequences for both regulation and innovation. There is less consensus about the where, when, how, and why.
A U.S. federal judge rescinded a government designation of MetLife as “too big to fail” and subject to increased regulatory oversight.
By Michael Blissenbach, Regulatory Intelligence
(Thomson Reuters Regulatory Intelligence) – The U.S. Supreme Court on March 23 will hear arguments in a major Obamacare case over insurance and contraception, with a range of potential outcomes that became more complicated with the death of Justice Antonin Scalia.
The Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) has approved a C$164 million no-contest settlement agreement (PDF) with CI Investments Inc. to compensate investors for the firm’s failure to accurately calculate the value of certain mutual funds. It is the largest investor compensation package to result from a no-contest settlement since the OSC began using them in March 2014, and reflects the intended “self-policing” outcome of the OSC’s Revised Credit for Cooperation Program. (more…)
MetLife, AIG spinoffs of U.S. insurance units show “disruptive” fiduciary rules, not just capital needs
By Richard Satran, Regulatory Intelligence
(Thomson Reuters Regulatory Intelligence) – The American insurance industry is being rapidly reshaped from a state-regulated backwater by what an industry group calls the “disruptive” impact of government regulation — and it is not just the often-cited capital demands placed on them by regulators who want bank-like systemic risk protection and activist investors who want quick returns on their investments.
By Scott McCleskey for Thomson Reuters,
NEW YORK – Elections, like other forms of reality TV, provide moments of great entertainment but are often short of actual reality. It seems both parties this year need to have (at least) one candidate who captures airtime and ink with populist ideas unmoored from the practical world of getting things done. Democrats, not to be out-Trumped by Republicans, feature Bernie Sanders and his platform for Wall Street reform.
By Julie Dimauro, Regulatory Intelligence
The course of regulatory developments in the United States in 2015 showed a decided focus on investor protections, tracking illicit financial flows, protecting data and ensuring overall cyber security. Furthermore, there was continuing discussion of the independence and financial commitment firms must give to compliance leadership.
It was during a congressional hearing in June that U.S. Labor Secretary Tom Perez spoke about how technology companies can help investors in making better choices about their investments. Perez said several times that automated portfolio advice services, or “robo-advisors,” can help the government to meet its goal of getting firms to offer retail investors suitable products at an affordable price.