LONDON, March 3 (Reuters) – European Union regulators should
ease capital charges on insurers to help them support the
region’s plan to boost growth through infrastructure projects, a
senior executive at Italian insurer Generali said on
European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker has
presented a 300 billion euro ($336 billion) plan to create more
jobs, which requires private sector money to help fund projects.
LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s new rules for vetting and making senior bankers directly accountable for their actions will take effect from March next year, financial services minister Andrea Leadsom said on Tuesday.
The new rules, that aim to make it easier for regulators to punish bankers for irresponsible decisions, were called for by lawmakers after few bankers were brought to book despite the fact that several banks had to be bailed out by taxpayers in the 2007-09 financial crisis.
LONDON (Reuters) – A top European court hands down a ruling on Wednesday that could have implications way beyond the obscure financial activities to which it directly relates, potentially ushering in a two-track EU with Britain and other non-euro zone countries out on a limb.
Britain has challenged a European Central Bank policy of requiring the “clearing houses” which help process trades in billions of euros worth of euro-denominated assets to be based within the single currency area.
LONDON, March 3 (Reuters) – Insurers may face a “huge hit”
if they end up being wrongfooted by rule changes linked to
climate change, the Bank of England (BoE) said on Tuesday.
Paul Fisher, deputy head of the BoE’s Prudential Regulation
Authority (PRA), which supervises banks and insurers, said
insurers investing in fossil fuel assets could be left
“stranded” by policy changes which limit their use.
LONDON (Reuters) – The Bank of England would have the power to fine or ban accounting firms from working in financial services under proposals setting out how the UK central bank’s regulation arm will monitor the accounting industry.
The proposals from the Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA), which supervises Britain’s banks, were published on Friday and show how the watchdog plans to oversee the accountants and actuaries hired by banks and use new powers to sanction them.
LONDON, Feb 27 (Reuters) – The Bank of England (BoE) has
turned up the heat on accounting firms used by banks, saying
they must provide the central bank with written reports from
November 2016 on their audits of Britain’s main lenders.
Policymakers questioned the accuracy of external audits
after banks had to be rescued by taxpayers in the 2007-09
financial crisis just months after accounting firms gave them a
clean bill of health.
LONDON, Feb 26 (Reuters) – Europe’s money market funds will
not have to hold costly capital to shield them from financial
shocks following a vote by European Union lawmakers to soften
proposed new rules for the trillion-euro industry.
The new regulations are designed to ensure stability in
money market funds, which are used by companies and investors to
park cash for short periods. The funds experienced mass
withdrawals when U.S. bank Lehman Brothers collapsed in 2008,
which contributed to the chaos across financial markets.
LONDON (Reuters) – Transatlantic spats over regulating banks and markets could be avoided under a treaty-based system of cooperation, the European Union’s financial services chief said on Wednesday.
The EU and United States are locked in talks over the finer details of recognizing each other’s rules on clearing houses for derivatives, part of global efforts to make markets safer after the 2007-09 financial crisis.
LONDON, Feb 25 (Reuters) – Europe’s trillion euro money
market funds industry faces major reform on Thursday when
European Union lawmakers vote on new rules aimed at avoiding
investor runs in a crisis.
However, according to parliamentary compromises seen by
Reuters, one type of money market fund (MMF) looks set to escape
a requirement that industry said would spell its demise.
LONDON (Reuters) – HSBC (HSBA.L: Quote, Profile, Research) bosses rejected calls from British lawmakers for them to quit over the bank’s Swiss tax scandal, but said they were having to clean up after a “terrible list” of control and compliance failings.
HSBC Chairman Douglas Flint and Chief Executive Stuart Gulliver told a panel of UK lawmakers they shared collective responsibility for failings at HSBC’s Swiss bank that allowed clients to dodge taxes.