Financial Regulatory Forum

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.

US congressional panel backs new rules for hedge funds, short of White House aims

By Reuters Staff
October 28, 2009

By Kevin Drawbaugh and Rachelle Younglai
WASHINGTON, Oct 27 (Reuters) – U.S. regulators would be able to peer into the secretive world of hedge funds and private equity funds under a bill passed by a key congressional committee on Tuesday.
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EXCLUSIVE-Obama ‘too big to fail’ bill draft curbs bailouts

October 27, 2009

WASHINGTON, Oct 27 (Reuters) – A key U.S. congressional committee was expected on Tuesday to release draft legislation agreed with the Obama administration that will restrict future bailouts and create a new protocol for government handling of giant financial firms that get into trouble, a senior congressional source told Reuters.

White House regulatory plan won’t name systemic risk financial firms

By Reuters Staff
October 27, 2009

WASHINGTON, Oct 27 (Reuters) – Financial firms that could pose a risk to the economy will not all be named at once under Obama administration plans to tighten bank and capital market regulations, a congressional aide said on Tuesday.

COLUMN – OTC derivatives modernisation deserves support: John Kemp

October 9, 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)  — John Kemp is a Reuters columnist. The views expressed are his own –

By John Kemp
LONDON, Oct 9 (Reuters) – Prominent banks and some business groups have warned policymakers their efforts to force standardised over-the-counter (OTC) derivatives transactions onto futures exchanges and into the clearing system will drive trading offshore and raise the cost of genuine risk-hedging for non-financial firms.
But scaremongering by the finance industry’s well-paid lobbyists about “unintended consequences” should not deter legislators from pressing ahead with a worthwhile reform.

Global market watchdogs to focus on systemic risk

October 9, 2009

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   BASEL, Switzerland, Oct 9 (Reuters) – Global securities regulators have agreed to focus more on the risks products and markets pose to the broader financial system as they reassess their role in light of the credit crunch. (more…)

Lift seen for Obama financial reform on Fed shift

October 2, 2009

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke testifies before the House Financial Services Committee on financial regulatory reform on Capitol Hill in Washington October 1, 2009. REUTERS/Richard Clement (UNITED STATES BUSINESS POLITICS) By Kevin Drawbaugh
WASHINGTON, Oct 1 (Reuters) – The Obama administration’s plan to form a “systemic risk” regulator for the economy looked more likely to win congressional approval after lawmakers noted a change in tone by the Federal Reserve on Thursday.

World Bank’s Zoellick says wary of more Fed power, sees more “options” to dollar

By Reuters Staff
September 28, 2009

World Bank President Robert Zoellick addresses the media during a news conference at the Second Meeting of Finance Ministers of the Americas and the Caribbean at Vina del Mar July 3, 2009. REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado (CHILE BUSINESS) By Alister Bull
WASHINGTON, Sept 28 (Reuters) – The head of the World Bank on Monday sounded a cautionary note about granting greater regulatory power to the U.S. Federal Reserve and said the dollar’s future will “depend heavily on U.S. choices.”

EU unveils blueprint to overhaul policing of banks

By Reuters Staff
September 23, 2009

European Commissioner in charge of Internal Market and Services Charlie McCreevy speaks during a news conference at EC Headquarters in Brussels September 23, 2009. The European Union unveiled its blueprint on Wednesday for an overhaul of the way banks and financial markets are policed, a central plank to new rules designed to prevent a repeat of the global economic crisis.  REUTERS/Sebastien Pirlet   (BELGIUM POLITICS BUSINESS) By John O’Donnell

BRUSSELS, Sept 23 (Reuters) – The European Union unveiled its blueprint for an overhaul of the way banks and financial markets are policed, a central plank in new rules designed to prevent a repeat of the global economic crisis. It plans to create a banking super-watchdog, with power to overrule countries such as Britain, and a pan-European supervisor that would warn of early signs of crisis.