LONDON (Reuters) – The top U.S. securities regulator praised new British bank rules on Thursday that make individual managers more accountable and said regulators in the United States should put more emphasis on personal responsibility.
Regulators globally are trying to instill higher standards of behavior at banks after many were fined billions of dollars in the United States, Britain and elsewhere for trying to rig interest rate benchmarks and currency markets.
By Huw Jones
(Reuters) – The world’s umbrella body for market regulators
will launch an immediate full review of potential risks from
asset management activities and products, throwing into doubt
planned new global rules for top funds.
The International Organization of Securities Commissions
(IOSCO) said its board had concluded that a full review was
needed with an immediate focus on identifying potential systemic
LONDON (Reuters) – The world’s umbrella body for market regulators will launch an immediate full review of potential risks from asset management activities and products, throwing into doubt planned new global rules for top funds.
The International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) said its board had concluded that a full review was needed with an immediate focus on identifying potential systemic risks.
LONDON, June 17 (Reuters) – Stiffer fines for banks caught
trying to rig markets have not undermined financial stability or
the ability of lenders to stay solvent, a senior British
regulator said on Wednesday.
Georgina Philippou, acting director of enforcement at the
Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), dismissed criticisms that
recent penalties amounting to billions of pounds were damaging
the stability of the industry.
LONDON, June 16 (Reuters) – The euro zone’s new single
securities settlement platform being launched next week will
bolster financial stability in Greece and the wider single
currency area, a top European Central Bank official said on
The ECB’s T2S platform to unify settlement of
euro-denominated stocks and bonds starts operating on June 22
when Greece, Malta, Switzerland and Romania link in. Settlement
refers to exchanging cash for legal ownership of a security.
LONDON (Reuters) – Four years after failing in an initial attempt at common company tax rules across Europe, the EU is set to have a second go as it tries to tackle the low-tax arrangements of some states that have benefited the likes of Amazon, Starbucks and Apple.
The EU’s executive European Commission is due on Wednesday to set out plans for a so-called common consolidated corporate tax base (CCCTB), after its previous attempt met member state opposition to what many saw as a first step to harmonizing tax rates, still regarded as a sovereign issue.
LONDON, June 16 (Reuters) – Stock market research used by
asset managers must be paid for separately and not bundled into
broker commission, European Union regulators said on Tuesday in
the face of pushback from some lawmakers.
A new EU law governing financial transactions comes into
effect in 2017 and the European Commission and the European
Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) are working on how it
will be applied in practice.
LONDON (Reuters) – The euro zone’s body for dealing with failing banks said on Tuesday it was in close contact with Greek regulators as the country’s banks face tough times.
“Greek banks are living in a challenging economic environment,”, Elke Koenig, chairman of the Single Resolution Board (SRB), told the European Parliament.
LONDON, June 15 (Reuters) – Britain looks set to be exempt
from a European Union law that aims to end “too big to fail”
banks by reining in trading risks, diplomatic sources said on
Latvia, which currently holds the EU presidency, is due to
present a revised draft law to EU states’ ambassadors on
Wednesday. If it wins their support it would then be submitted
to finance ministers on Friday for endorsement, three sources
familiar with the talks said.
LONDON (Reuters) – A wide range of market participants called on Monday for regulators to end confusion over derivatives trades reporting, which was brought in to help avert another financial crisis.
The Group of 20 economies called in 2009 for off-exchange swap trades to be reported to create a snapshot of who is exposed and to spot destabilizing risks early. New reporting requirements came in at the start of 2014.