Financial Regulatory Forum

UK gets election fever

May 6, 2010

The UK goes to the polls today in what promises to be the tightest election for 18 years. Acres of newsprint and millions of cubic feet of hot air have been expended on all the possible outcomes: from an outright Conservative majority in the House of Commons, to a Labour-Liberal Democrat coalition.
Each different permutation of power means a different path for UK policy on regulating banks, financial services and markets. Will the Liberal Democrats insist on their regulatory policy as the price for their participation in a coalition with the Conservatives or Labour? Could a minority Conservative government force through its plan to blow apart the tripartite regulatory regime? (more…)

US Sen Shelby: financial watchdog powers paramount

March 2, 2010

    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 Reuters Staff
December 30, 2009

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.

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

By Reuters Staff
December 12, 2009

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.

Fed’s Tarullo: idea of big bank surcharge appealing

By Reuters Staff
November 10, 2009

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.

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

By Reuters Staff
October 21, 2009

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.

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

By Reuters Staff
October 20, 2009

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.

US voters believe there are enough financial regulations – poll

By Reuters Staff
October 20, 2009

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

By Reuters Staff
October 14, 2009

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.

US House begins assembly of financial reform plan

October 14, 2009

    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…)