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U.S. SEC creates group to examine credit agencies

U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman Mary SchapiroWASHINGTON, July 13 (Reuters) – Credit rating agencies, such as Standard & Poor’s and Moody’s, are now being targeted by a squad of examiners set up by the Securities and Exchange Commission and are subject to ‘special’ examinations.

The heightened supervision was ordered by SEC Chairman Mary Schapiro, who has also directed staff to consider bringing in new regulations, particularly to prevent companies from shopping around for favorable ratings. (more…)

Obama administration seeks more SEC investor protection

   By David Lawder
   WASHINGTON, July 10 (Reuters) – The Obama administration  wants to give the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission broad powers to identify and ban compensation practices at investment brokers and advisers that interfere with their fiduciary duties to clients.
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Obama administration seeks boost to U.S. SEC investor protection

SEC headquarters

WASHINGTON, July 10 (Reuters) – The Obama administration on Friday proposed legislation to strengthen the Securities and Exchange Commission’s investor protection authority, including the power to ban certain forms of compensation for brokers and investment advisers. (more…)

Top examiner to leave U.S. securities regulator

 

The headquarters of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission   WASHINGTON, July 8 (Reuters) – The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s top inspector and examiner, Lori Richards, plans to leave the agency Aug. 7, the SEC said on Wednesday. Richards, director of the compliance inspections and examinations unit since it was created in 1995, leaves after a year in which her division and the SEC enforcement unit were accused of failing to spot Bernard Madoff’s $65 billion investment fraud. (more…)

US to give regulatory reforms details next week

   WASHINGTON, July 2 (Reuters) – The Obama administration is aiming to release detailed legislative language for its proposals on corporate governance, shareholder rights, and derivatives regulation next week, sources familiar with the plans said Thursday.
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US SEC moves to shake up corporate governance

   By Rachelle Younglai
   WASHINGTON, July 1 (Reuters) – U.S. securities regulators moved to change how companies elect board members and govern themselves, tilting the corporate playing field toward investors who have complained of weak boards and lavish pay for top executives.
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U.S. SEC lawyer raised alarm about Madoff – report

Booking mug shot of Bernard Madoff released to Reuters on March 17, 2009. Madoff pleaded guilty March 12, 2009, to orchestrating the biggest investment fraud in Wall Street history and was jailed to await a sentence that could keep him in prison for the rest of his life.     WASHINGTON, July 1 (Reuters) – A U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission lawyer warned  about irregularities at Bernard Madoff’s financial management firm as far back as 2004, The Washington Post reported on Thursday, citing agency documents and sources familiar with the investigation.
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US SEC moves to shake up corporate governance

   By Rachelle Younglai
   WASHINGTON, July 1 (Reuters) – U.S. securities regulators moved to change how companies elect board members and govern themselves, tilting the corporate playing field toward investors who have complained of weak boards and lavish pay for top executives. (more…)

SEC may tighten executive pay rules-sources

   By Rachelle Younglai and Jonathan Stempel
   WASHINGTON/NEW YORK, June 30 (Reuters) – U.S. securities regulators are considering changing how companies are required to disclose stock options awarded to executives, people familiar with the Securities and Exchange Commission’s thinking told Reuters on Tuesday.
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