Financial Regulatory Forum

US Sen Shelby: financial watchdog powers paramount

    WASHINGTON, March 2 (Reuters) – The top Republican on the U.S. Senate Banking Committee said on Tuesday that the powers granted to a new financial government consumer watchdog are more important than its location in the federal bureaucracy. (more…)

U.S. financial scandals seen sparking 2010 zeal

By Dan Margolies

WASHINGTON, Dec 29 (Reuters) – The year of the Ponzi scheme will be followed by heightened regulation and more aggressive prosecutions, experts say, as U.S. officials respond to past failures.

Bernard Madoff’s massive $65-billion fraud grabbed most of the headlines in 2009, but other schemes that paid early investors with money from new victims came to light as the recession dried up new money and Madoff-inspired vigilance boosted awareness.

As 2010 approaches, regulators and prosecutors are scrambling to uncover and pursue more fraudsters, while lawmakers seek to close regulatory gaps through legislation and give enforcement officials more resources.

U.S. House OKs Fed audit provision, eyes on Senate

By Mark Felsenthal

WASHINGTON, Dec 11 (Reuters) – The U.S. Federal Reserve on Friday lost the opening round in a battle to defeat a congressional plan to subject its interest rate decisions to audits, and will now look for a comeback victory when the Senate starts to move on regulatory reforms.

The House of Representatives delivered the loss with a 223-202 vote in favor of a revamp of financial regulation that, among other things, would pare Fed supervision over financial firms and its capacity to provide emergency help to banks, while allowing audits of monetary policy by a watchdog agency.

Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke and other top officials for weeks had argued the audit provision would result in a costly impression that the central bank’s rate decisions could be swayed by politics. They warned this could lead financial markets to fear inflationary policies, which in turn could drive up borrowing costs and undermine the economy.

Fed’s Tarullo: idea of big bank surcharge appealing

Federal Reserve Board of Governors member Daniel Tarullo looks down during testimony at the Senate Banking Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, July 23, 2009.(File Photo)     REUTERS/Larry Downing By John Parry
NEW YORK, Nov 9 (Reuters) – U.S. Federal Reserve Governor Daniel Tarullo on Monday endorsed the idea of requiring big banks to hold more capital and renewed his suggestion that direct efforts to limit the size of banks may be worth considering.

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Reuters Summit-U.S. FDIC seeks bailout ban, risk fees

Chairman of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) Sheila Bair speaks with reporters during the 2009 Reuters Washington Summit in Washington October 21, 2009.  REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst    (UNITED STATES POLITICS BUSINESS) By Karey Wutkowski
WASHINGTON, Oct 21 (Reuters) – Congress should eliminate any possibility of temporary bailouts in draft legislation that would give the government power to break up troubled, systemic financial firms, a top U.S. bank regulator said on Wednesday.

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ANALYSIS-Activists hit compromises on U.S. financial reform

U.S. Representative Barney Frank (D-MA), chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, holds a field hearing in Boston, Massachusetts March 23, 2009. (File photo) REUTERS/Brian Snyder By Kevin Drawbaugh
WASHINGTON, Oct 20 (Reuters) – The watering down of U.S. financial regulation reform in Congress drew questions on Tuesday from consumer advocates wondering what will be left of the Obama administration’s plan once lawmakers are done.

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US voters believe there are enough financial regulations – poll

WASHINGTON, Oct 20 (Reuters) – Most Americans believe enough regulations are on the books to avoid another financial crisis, a new poll found on Tuesday in a sign of dampening enthusiasm for more rules.
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Financial reforms gain traction in U.S. Congress

Committee Chairman Edolphus Towns (D-NY) (C), ranking member Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) (L) and Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) (R) talk to reporters after testimony by U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke about his role in Bank of America's acquisition of Merrill Lynch, at a hearing of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, June 25, 2009.    REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst    (UNITED STATES POLITICS BUSINESS) By Kevin Drawbaugh
WASHINGTON, Oct 14 (Reuters) – A senior U.S. lawmaker lashed out anew over the rich pay packages awarded to executives of bailed-out banks on Wednesday, as Congress took steps to move ahead on financial regulatory reform.

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US House begins assembly of financial reform plan

    WASHINGTON, Oct 14 (Reuters) – The House Financial Services Committee is to begin work on Wednesday on a top priority for the U.S. Congress — legislation to mend regulatory holes exposed by last fall’s financial crisis. (more…)

1-Year after slump, US lawmakers begin swaps reform

   By Rachelle Younglai and Charles Abbott
   WASHINGTON, Oct 13 (Reuters) – One year after financial markets faltered worldwide, U.S. lawmakers are determined to write a softer package of regulatory reforms than those requested by the Obama administration. (more…)

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