Financial Regulatory Forum

G20 tries to roll back moral hazard in banks

An office worker leaves an Australia and New Zealand Bank mortgage centre in central Sydney September 1, 2009.   By Huw Jones
ST ANDREWS, Scotland, Nov 6 (Reuters) – Finance ministers from the world’s big economies launch difficult discussions this weekend on how to deal with banks whose failure could destabilise economies. Any blueprint is likely to take many months to thrash out.

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Resolution authority bill hits speed bump in Congress

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)   By Kevin Drawbaugh and Karey Wutkowski
   WASHINGTON, Nov 3 (Reuters) – Congressional Democrats need more time to debate the funding for an Obama administration “resolution authority” bill for dealing with troubled financial firms, likely pushing committee consideration of the measure into next week, said lobbyists and a House aide on Tuesday.

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US lawmaker favors curbing size of financial firms

WASHINGTON, Nov. 3 (Reuters) – The government should have the authority to break up or reconstruct financial firms before they become “too big to fail,” a prominent U.S. lawmaker said on Tuesday.

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ANALYSIS-US, EU urged to find common ground on systemic risk

By Huw Jones and Rachelle Younglai
LONDON/WASHINGTON, Oct 30 (Reuters) – The United States and Europe are moving at different speeds down possibly divergent paths toward dealing with troubled multinational financial giants, despite promises of transatlantic coordination.

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Obama systemic risk plan blasted in Congress

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.

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WRAPUP 1-Obama financial reforms advance in U.S. Congress

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.

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White House, Congress Democrat bill urges new US powers over financial firms

U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner (R) talks with House Financial Services Committee Chairman Barney Frank on Capitol Hill in Washington March 24, 2009.  (File Photo)   REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque (UNITED STATES BUSINESS POLITICS) By Kevin Drawbaugh and Rachelle Younglai
WASHINGTON, Oct 27 (Reuters) – The U.S. government would gain far-reaching new powers to regulate, and even shut down, large financial firms that threaten economic stability under a draft bill released in Congress on Tuesday.

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EXCLUSIVE-Obama ‘too big to fail’ bill draft curbs bailouts

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.

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Obama readies tougher ‘too big to fail’ strategy

U.S. President Barack Obama (R) attends a fundraiser for U.S. Senator Chris Dodd (D-CT) in Stamford, Connecticut, October 23, 2009.  REUTERS/Jason Reed   (UNITED STATES POLITICS)   By Kevin Drawbaugh
WASHINGTON, Oct 26 (Reuters) – The Obama administration within days will move to get tougher with large financial firms that are in trouble by urging Congress to let the government seize control, wipe out shareholders, boot management and restructure debts, an administration official said on Monday.

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UK’s Darling: One set of positive data not enough

BRITAIN/   By Matt Falloon and David Milliken
   LONDON, Oct 21 (Reuters) – One set of encouraging economic data would not mean that a recovery is entrenched and the British government must keep borrowing to support growth, finance minister Alistair Darling said on Wednesday.
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