Financial Regulatory Forum

COLUMN – OTC derivatives modernisation deserves support: John Kemp

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.

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Global market watchdogs to focus on systemic risk

iosco    By Huw Jones
   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

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.

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

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.”

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EU unveils blueprint to overhaul policing of banks

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.

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U.S. won’t list systemically key firms – Geithner

U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner finishes his testimony to Committee Chairman Representative Barney Frank (D-MA) (L, in monitor) and the House Financial Services Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, March 26, 2009 (File photo) WASHINGTON, Sept 22 (Reuters) – U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner said in testimony prepared for delivery on Wednesday that the United States would not identify in advance financial firms that it views as systemically important.
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Senior US senator favors bank super-cop idea -aide

U.S. Senator Christopher Dodd (D-CT) speaks in front of his close friend Senator Edward Kennedy's casket during a "Celebration of Life Memorial Service" for Kennedy at the John F. Kennedy Library and Presidential  Museum in Boston, Massachusetts August 28, 2009. Kennedy died late Tuesday after a battle with cancer. REUTERS/Brian Snyder    (UNITED STATES POLITICS OBITUARY)By Kevin Drawbaugh
WASHINGTON, Sept 20 (Reuters) – The U.S. Senate’s top legislator on financial regulation favors reducing the number of bank supervisory agencies more sharply than the Obama administration proposes, said a senior Senate aide on Sunday.

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U.S. financial regulators stake out turf defenses

U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy GeithnerBy Kevin Drawbaugh
WASHINGTON, July 24 (Reuters) – Senior U.S. financial regulators defended their turf in remarks to be delivered on Friday at a congressional hearing on the Obama administration’s sweeping regulatory reform agenda. (more…)

U.S. – Obama offers legislation to make Fed systemic risk police

OBAMA/ WASHINGTON, July 22 (Reuters) -  The Obama administration sent proposed legislation to the U.S. Congress on Wednesday which would put the Federal Reserve in charge of policing in charge of overseeing large, interconnected financial firms and “big picture,” or systemic, financial risk in the economy. (more…)

Germany seeks to ease parts of Basel II capital rules

    By Marcin Grajewski and Huw Jones
   BRUSSELS/LONDON (Reuters) – Germany wants to relax global rules on capital charges to ease writedown pressures on banks holding toxic assets, an EU document showed on Wednesday.
   European Union finance ministers meet next week and will be asked to endorse a report from their Economic and Financial Committee on how to stop rules amplifying market turmoil. (more…)

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