If the life settlements market seems ghoulish, here’s a British scandal which isn’t doing the image of the business any favours. It’s one of the worst the country’s seen.
Financial Regulatory Forum
The UK goes to the polls today in what promises to be the tightest election for 18 years. Acres of newsprint and millions of cubic feet of hot air have been expended on all the possible outcomes: from an outright Conservative majority in the House of Commons, to a Labour-Liberal Democrat coalition.
Each different permutation of power means a different path for UK policy on regulating banks, financial services and markets. Will the Liberal Democrats insist on their regulatory policy as the price for their participation in a coalition with the Conservatives or Labour? Could a minority Conservative government force through its plan to blow apart the tripartite regulatory regime? (more…)
By Steve Eder and Steve Slater
NEW YORK/LONDON, April 20 (Reuters) – Goldman Sachs Group Inc <GS.N> said first-quarter earnings nearly doubled, and Britain’s financial regulator launched a formal probe related to civil fraud allegations against the Wall Street bank. (more…)
LONDON, April 20 (Reuters) – Britain’s financial regulator started a formal enforcement investigation into Goldman Sachs <GS.N> on Tuesday, four days after U.S. regulators filed a fraud case against Wall Street’s biggest investment bank. (more…)
By Adrian Croft
LONDON, April 18 (Reuters) – Prime Minister Gordon Brown said on Sunday he wanted Britain’s financial watchdog to investigate U.S. bank Goldman Sachs <GS.N> after it was charged with fraud by U.S. regulators. (more…)
LONDON, April 14 (Reuters) – Seven men charged with running an insider trading ring with information gleaned from the London printers of Swiss bank UBS AG <UBSN.VX><UBS.N> and UK brokerage Cazenove <JPM.N> will appear in a British court on Wednesday. (more…)
By Tom Bergin
LONDON, April 13 (Reuters) – The UK financial watchdog’s recent moves to stamp out insider dealing focus on relatively minor abuses and big league market corruption will be eliminated only by tackling the large banks and fund managers head on. (more…)
LONDON, April 13 (Reuters) – Britain’s financial regulator has fined and banned two former executives of Northern Rock, the troubled mortgage lender taken into state ownership two years ago, for misreporting mortgage arrears numbers. (more…)