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…)
Financial Regulatory Forum
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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…)