Financial Regulatory Forum

Is the medicine for financial services turning out to be worse than the disease?

By Guest Contributor
September 9, 2011

By Susannah Hammond

LONDON/NEW YORK , Sept. 9 (Thomson Reuters Accelus) – Almost three years on from the fall of Lehman Brothers and the widespread public bail-out of financial services the world is looking grim. In the white heat of the crisis itself jurisdictions, policymakers and governments moved together to resolve the worst of the immediate issues and bought global financial services time to heal. While some recovery and mending of balance sheets has certainly taken place, global financial services continue to suffer at the hands of divergent policymakers, international recessions and sovereign debt crises.

US senator offers ‘too big to fail’ bank break-up bill

By Reuters Staff
November 6, 2009

Senator-elect Bernie Sanders (I-VT) is interviewed by a Reuters reporter at Sanders' office in Burlington, Vermont November 28, 2006. (File photo) REUTERS/Brian Snyder    (UNITED STATES)   WASHINGTON, Nov 6 (Reuters) – Senator Bernie Sanders on Friday introduced legislation that would make the U.S. Treasury Department identify and break up financial institutions that are “too big to fail.”

G20 tries to roll back moral hazard in banks

By Reuters Staff
November 6, 2009

An office worker leaves an Australia and New Zealand Bank mortgage centre in central Sydney September 1, 2009.   By Huw Jones
ST ANDREWS, Scotland, Nov 6 (Reuters) – Finance ministers from the world’s big economies launch difficult discussions this weekend on how to deal with banks whose failure could destabilise economies. Any blueprint is likely to take many months to thrash out.

Resolution authority bill hits speed bump in Congress

November 3, 2009

U.S. Representative Barney Frank (D-MA), Chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, listens to a reporter's question during the Reuters Global Financial Regulation Summit in Washington, April 28, 2009.  REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst (UNITED STATES POLITICS BUSINESS HEADSHOT)   By Kevin Drawbaugh and Karey Wutkowski
   WASHINGTON, Nov 3 (Reuters) – Congressional Democrats need more time to debate the funding for an Obama administration “resolution authority” bill for dealing with troubled financial firms, likely pushing committee consideration of the measure into next week, said lobbyists and a House aide on Tuesday.

US lawmaker favors curbing size of financial firms

By Reuters Staff
November 3, 2009

WASHINGTON, Nov. 3 (Reuters) – The government should have the authority to break up or reconstruct financial firms before they become “too big to fail,” a prominent U.S. lawmaker said on Tuesday.

US Rep Frank wants big banks to prepay resolution fund – aide

By Reuters Staff
October 30, 2009

U.S. Representative Barney Frank (D-MA), Chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, listens to a reporter's question during the Reuters Global Financial Regulation Summit in Washington, April 28, 2009.  REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst (UNITED STATES POLITICS BUSINESS HEADSHOT)   WASHINGTON, Oct 30 (Reuters) – U.S. Representative Barney Frank has changed his position and supports requiring large financial firms to make payments into a fund for unwinding troubled competitors before the money is needed, an aide said on Friday.

Obama systemic risk plan blasted in Congress

By Reuters Staff
October 29, 2009

By Kevin Drawbaugh
WASHINGTON, Oct 29 (Reuters) – The Obama administration’s new proposal for tackling financial risk in the U.S. economy, unveiled just two days ago, came under attack on Thursday from all sides, with critics targeting its funding and scope.

WRAPUP 1-Obama financial reforms advance in U.S. Congress

By Reuters Staff
October 28, 2009

Onlookers gather outside the historic Federal Hall where U.S. President Barack Obama is speaking in the heart of Wall Street in New York September 14, 2009. Obama, marking a year since Lehman Brothers collapsed, urged financial firms Monday not to fight regulatory reform and urged Congress to pass his proposals by the end of the year. (File Photo)     REUTERS/Larry Downing (UNITED STATES BUSINESS POLITICS)   By Kevin Drawbaugh
WASHINGTON, Oct 27 (Reuters) – The Obama administration made gains on Tuesday in its push for U.S. financial reform, unveiling a landmark bill to tackle systemic risk in the economy and winning congressional committee approval for a measure to expose hedge funds to more government scrutiny.The systemic risk bill would grant vast powers to a new systemic risk regulatory council, the Federal Reserve and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp to monitor and address risks to economic stability posed by shaky financial holding companies.

Obama readies tougher ‘too big to fail’ strategy

By Reuters Staff
October 26, 2009

U.S. President Barack Obama (R) attends a fundraiser for U.S. Senator Chris Dodd (D-CT) in Stamford, Connecticut, October 23, 2009.  REUTERS/Jason Reed   (UNITED STATES POLITICS)   By Kevin Drawbaugh
WASHINGTON, Oct 26 (Reuters) – The Obama administration within days will move to get tougher with large financial firms that are in trouble by urging Congress to let the government seize control, wipe out shareholders, boot management and restructure debts, an administration official said on Monday.