Financial Regulatory Forum

Congress to examine SEC failure to probe warnings on Moody’s

September 30, 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 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) (FILE) WASHINGTON, Sept 30 (Reuters) – A congressional panel will expand its examination of credit rating agencies to look at why U.S. securities regulators ignored warnings from former Moody’s Corp executives about the company’s weak compliance department and ratings process.

U.S. SEC mulls securities lending as risks exposed

September 29, 2009

Mary Schapiro, chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission (file photo) By Rachelle Younglai
WASHINGTON, Sept 29 (Reuters) – U.S. securities regulators are eyeing new restrictions on the multi-trillion dollar securities lending market used by short-sellers after the credit crisis revealed the industry was “anything but low risk.”

EXCLUSIVE-Ex-AIG unit head Cassano back in US; probe intensifies

September 28, 2009

The American International Group (AIG) office building is seen in the City of London on September 16, 2008. REUTERS/Andrew Winning      (BRITAIN) By Lilla Zuill and Grant McCool
WESTPORT, Conn./NEW YORK, Sept 28 (Reuters) – Joseph Cassano has come home to face the music.
The former AIG executive closely associated with one of the most sensational collapses in corporate history, recently slipped back into the United States.

US SEC warns swaps may evade White House reform

September 22, 2009

USA/ By Charles Abbott and Rachelle Younglai
WASHINGTON, Sept 22 (Reuters) – The U.S. securities regulator warned Congress on Tuesday that parts of the $450 trillion private swaps market could still fall through regulatory cracks under the Obama administration’s financial reform plan.

U.S. SEC predicts more detailed reporting by hedge funds

September 18, 2009

Mary Schapiro, chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission appears before the House Financial services committee in Washington July 22, 2009. By Karey Wutkowski

WASHINGTON, Sept 18 (Reuters) – U.S. hedge funds will likely have to provide “pretty detailed reporting” to regulators in the future and some public disclosure of their activities, the chairman of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission said on Friday. Mary Schapiro said her agency is already exploring what the requirements might look like — and how to balance competitiveness concerns — as Congress debates whether to give the SEC more power. (more…)

US, UK regulators to seek similar hedge fund data

September 16, 2009

U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman Mary Schapiro testifies before the Senate Banking Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, June 22, 2009. REUTERS/Jim Young WASHINGTON, Sept 16 (Reuters) – Securities regulators from the United States and Britain plan to identify a common set of data to collect from hedge funds, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission said on Wednesday.

U.S. SEC mulls stricter rules for credit agencies

September 15, 2009

By Rachelle Younglai
WASHINGTON, Sept 15 (Reuters) – The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission may force banks to share data used to rate bonds with all credit rating agencies, reducing the risk that investors will buy securities with inflated ratings, two people familiar with the regulator’s thinking said.

Bank of America-SEC bonus pact rejected; Cuomo eyes charges

September 15, 2009

Bank of America CEO Kenneth Lewis pauses as he speaks at the National Urban League Conference in Chicago July 30, 2009. REUTERS/John Gress By Jonathan Stempel and Grant McCool
NEW YORK, Sept 14 (Reuters) – A federal judge rejected Bank of America Corp’s $33 million settlement with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission over Merrill Lynch & Co bonuses as a contrivance, and New York’s top legal officer prepared to sue senior bank executives.

Regulators eye dark corners of U.S. stock market

September 11, 2009

dark-pools-rtrbbh1_comp By Jonathan Spicer
NEW YORK, Sept 11 (Reuters) – In obscure corners of the U.S. stock market — where “flash orders,” “dark pools” and other controversial practices thrive — regulators are trying to shine a light to guard against unfair dealing.

US corporate group objects to proposed SEC limits on money-market funds

September 11, 2009

Sept 11 (Reuters) – The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and 20 companies have raised objections to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s proposed limits on the kinds of debt money-market mutual funds can buy, the Wall Street Journal said, citing a chamber letter to the SEC.