Financial Regulatory Forum

US Congress Looks for New Ways to Tax Financial Services

May 4, 2010

During a congressional hearing, lawmakers searched for ways to use the tax code to dampen short-term speculation in the financial markets and close the budget deficit. To fix the problem, they suggested changes in tax structures, including discounted capital gains tax for long-term investors, transaction tax, bank tax, and financial speculation tax, Thomson Reuters WG&L Accounting & Compliance Alert reports.

Goldman Sachs’ soul search – sincere or strategy?

April 29, 2010

   By Steve Eder and Rachelle Younglai
   NEW YORK/WASHINGTON, April 28 (Reuters) – Contrary to popular belief, Goldman Sachs Group Inc <GS.N> has a soul – and it is even spending time searching it.
   In the closing hours of Goldman’s marathon showdown with a Senate panel in Washington on Tuesday, Chief Executive Lloyd Blankfein shared that the Wall Street giant is in the midst of an internal cleansing in which a top executive is leading a business practices committee and “going over everything.” (more…)

What are the odds on a three-legged horse?

April 28, 2010

Senators quizzing Goldman Sachs executives yesterday seemed at least as concerned about the wider ethical issues of investment banking as they did about the actual charges that the SEC has laid against Goldman, writes John Manley. (more…)

Goldman Sachs: Shareholder Revolt Spreads Where the SEC Has Yet to Tread

April 28, 2010

Where the SEC goes, plaintiffs’ lawyers are sure to follow. But in the case of Goldman Sachs, they’ve charged ahead straight into the C-suite, alleging far broader levels of misdeed than the SEC’s limited charges surrounding an individual transaction, writes Erik Krusch of Thomson Reuters Westlaw Business Currents. (Click here for further details.)  (more…)

Fabulous lessons from Fab

April 26, 2010

By John Manley

Three years ago, Goldman Sachs bond trader Fabrice Tourre, emailed his girlfriend Marine. Amid the amour and tendresse, “Fabulous Fab” expressed his misgivings about his job: he was conflicted about selling financial instruments that he thought were destined to fail.

ANALYSIS-Central banks’ police job may cloud monetary tasks

April 26, 2010

  By Krista Hughes and Mark Felsenthal
   FRANKFURT/WASHINGTON, April 26 (Reuters) – Major central banks are taking on a new role of finance police in the wake of the global financial crisis but they could find their hands more tied as a result. (more…)

SEC summary for U.S. senator on senior staff porn use at work

April 24, 2010

Did senior staffers of the U.S.  Securities and Exchange Commission watch porn on their government computers while the financial system burned? Here is a link to an SEC inspector general’s summary report, via the Washington Post, which was prepared for Republican Sen. Charles Grassely of Iowa.

U.S. Senate panel releases documents on credit raters’ role in Abacus, financial crisis

By Reuters Staff
April 23, 2010

The Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations released a trove of internal messages and other exhibits from its look at the role credit-rating agencies played in the financial crisis, including several related to the Goldman Sachs Abacus trades at the heart of SEC fraud charges against the bank .  Reuters links to full file of exhibits.

Will Goldman Complaint Repair the Damage from Madoff Fiasco?

April 23, 2010

Some former government prosecutors are cheering the SEC’s case against Goldman Sachs. Some even called it a watershed event that might rehabilitate the SEC’s image, which has been tarnished in the fallout from the financial crisis and the failure to catch financial fraudsters like Bernard Madoff. Now all the SEC has to do is win its trial against Goldman, which is vowing to fight the charges, reports WG&L, from Thomson Reuters tax and accounting specialists. (more…)

Goldman CEO attacks SEC fraud charges – FT

April 22, 2010

    NEW YORK, April 21 (Reuters) – Goldman Sachs Group Inc <GS.N> Chief Executive Lloyd Blankfein attacked U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission fraud charges against the bank in phone calls to clients, the Financial Times said on Wednesday. (more…)