Financial Regulatory Forum

US pay czar caps more salaries at bailed out firms

December 11, 2009

By Karey Wutkowski and Steve Eder

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK, Dec 11 (Reuters) – The U.S. pay czar on Friday expanded a crackdown on pay packages at four companies rescued with taxpayer money, limiting most cash salaries at $500,000 for a second tier of top earners.

US Treasury to net $936 million from JPMorgan warrants

December 11, 2009

WASHINGTON, Dec 11 (Reuters) – The U.S. Treasury Department on Friday said it priced warrants in JPMorgan Chase & Co at $10.75 per warrant in a deal that will bring U.S. taxpayers net proceeds of $936.06 million.

Citi could sell $20 billion of shares soon to repay TARP – CNBC

December 9, 2009

NEW YORK, Dec 9 (Reuters) – Citigroup Inc plans to pay back TARP by raising money in an equity offering that could be announced as early as Thursday and could be some $20 billion, television network CNBC reported, citing sources.

U.S. extends bailout fund,sees economic challenges

December 9, 2009

By David Lawder

WASHINGTON, Dec 9 (Reuters) – U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner on Wednesday extended the government’s $700 billion financial bailout fund to October 2010, saying it was still needed for “significant challenges” in the economy.

Obama pushes plans for more job creation

December 8, 2009

By Alister Bull and Patricia Zengerle

WASHINGTON, Dec 8 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama on Tuesday offered modest steps to spur jobs and defended his push to get the U.S. economy growing, amid deep public dismay over double-digit unemployment that has eroded his popularity.

U.S. cuts estimate of bank bailout costs by $200 bln

December 7, 2009

By Glenn Somerville

WASHINGTON, Dec 6 (Reuters) – The projected long-term cost of the U.S. government’s bailout of the nation’s big banks is going to be at least $200 billion less than previously thought, a Treasury Department official said.

TARP watchdog sees loss on U.S. bailout program

November 13, 2009

WASHINGTON, Nov 12 (Reuters) – The U.S. government’s $700 billion bailout program will “almost certainly” result in an overall loss for taxpayers, a key auditor for the program said on Thursday.

U.S. Fed: 9 of 10 large banks met capital goals

November 9, 2009

By David Lawder
WASHINGTON, Nov 9 (Reuters) – Nine of 10 large U.S. banks ordered to raise capital in May have met or exceeded their goals and the laggard — auto lender GMAC Financial Services — is negotiating for a fresh infusion of taxpayer funds.

US Treasury will close Capital Assistance Program

November 9, 2009

WASHINGTON, Nov 9 (Reuters) – The U.S. Treasury Department said on Monday it will immediately close its Capital Assistance Program, set up last spring for bank stress tests, because the only firm needing taxpayer funds will use an auto industry support program instead.

ANALYSIS-Bankers wary of Obama small business lending plan

October 27, 2009

By Karey Wutkowski
CHICAGO, Oct 27 (Reuters) – Community bankers are responding coolly to the Obama administration’s plan to free up small business lending, saying the programs unveiled last week involve unattractive government capital injections and mountains of paperwork.