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Aug 8, 2014

EU executive wants to beef up bloc’s financial watchdogs

LONDON, Aug 8 (Reuters) – The European Union’s trio of new
financial watchdogs should have more powers over banks, insurers
and markets to ensure national regulators apply EU rules, the
bloc’s executive body said on Friday in a review that may raise
hackles in Britain.

The European Commission’s review looked at the three
European Supervisory Authorities (ESAs) set up in 2011 to
improve oversight of the 28-country bloc’s markets and banks
after the 2007-09 financial crisis uncovered failings.

Aug 7, 2014

FCA fines Stonebridge insurance firm 8.3 million pounds

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s financial watchdog has fined Stonebridge International Insurance 8.3 million pounds for failing to treat up to half a million customers across Europe fairly over sales of accident insurance.

Stonebridge, part of international insurer Aegon Group (AEGN.AS: Quote, Profile, Research), tried to maximise sales by using tactics such as making it hard for customers to cancel policies despite attempts over several years by some, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) said on Thursday.

Aug 7, 2014

UK watchdog fines Stonebridge insurance firm 8.3 mln pounds

LONDON, Aug 7 (Reuters) – Britain’s financial watchdog has
fined Stonebridge International Insurance 8.3 million pounds
($14 million) for failing to treat up to half a million
customers across Europe fairly over sales of accident insurance.

Stonebridge, part of international insurer Aegon Group
, tried to maximise sales by using tactics such as
making it hard for customers to cancel policies despite attempts
over several years by some, the Financial Conduct Authority
(FCA) said on Thursday.

Aug 6, 2014

ICAP, MTS offer benchmark euro zone repo index

LONDON, Aug 6 (Reuters) – Interdealer broker ICAP
and fixed income electronic trading platform MTS have introduced
a daily benchmark index to track borrowing costs in the euro
zone repo market, a major source of secured short-term funding
in the region.

The move is part of ICAP’s broader push into benchmarks by
tapping its pool of market data as the world’s biggest broker of
transactions between banks.

Aug 6, 2014

UK financial watchdog proposes rules for social media adverts

LONDON, Aug 6 (Reuters) – Companies are failing to include
risk warnings in financial promotions sent to millions of
customers on social media like Twitter, Britain’s markets
watchdog said as it proposed rules to clamp down on this
practice.

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) on Wednesday launched
a public consultation on its approach to supervising financial
promotions on social media, which it said was in response to
calls for guidance from the industry.

Aug 5, 2014

UK watchdog bans sale of bank CoCo bonds to mass retail market

LONDON, Aug 5 (Reuters) – Britain’s banks are banned from
offering risky and complex hybrid debt known as contingent
convertible bonds or CoCos to the mass market from October, the
country’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) said on Tuesday.

Faced with pressure from regulators to bolster their capital
cushions, banks are set to issue CoCo bonds in ever larger
amounts to shield taxpayers from having to rescue failing
lenders like in the 2007-09 financial crisis.

Jul 31, 2014

UK watchdog says brokers fail to give customers best deals

LONDON, July 31 (Reuters) – Banks and brokers are failing to
give the best trading deals to customers and could face
enforcement action, Britain’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA)
said in a review on Thursday.

The FCA checked whether 32 banks, brokers, wealth managers
and interdealer brokers had complied with a European Union law
that requires them to take all reasonable steps to get the best
possible deal when executing orders on behalf of customers.

Jul 31, 2014

Oil explorer Afren suspends CEO, COO pending investigation

LONDON, July 31 (Reuters) – London-listed oil explorer Afren
Plc said its board had temporarily suspended Chief
Executive Osman Shahenshah and Chief Operating Officer Shahid
Ullah pending an investigation into payments, sending its shares
to their lowest level in more than two years.

The Nigeria-focused company said in a statement on the
London Stock Exchange’s company news service that a review for
the board found evidence of “the receipt of unauthorised
payments potentially for the benefit of the CEO and COO”.

Jul 30, 2014

BoE says banker bonuses can be clawed back for up to seven years

LONDON, July 30 (Reuters) – Bankers who break rules on their
conduct may have to hand back bonuses up to seven years after
being awarded them, the Bank of England said on Wednesday as it
unveiled some of the world’s toughest curbs on the sector.

The measures are the latest response to multi-billion pound
taxpayer bailouts of lenders such as Royal Bank of Scotland
and Lloyds in the financial crisis of 2008 and
2009, with few individual bankers subsequently punished for
reckless behaviour.

Jul 29, 2014

BoE to increase oversight of bankers and their bonuses

LONDON, July 29 (Reuters) – Top bankers in Britain will
become directly accountable for their actions under proposals
from regulators on Wednesday, with those behaving recklessly
facing a spell in jail.

The Bank of England will also publish final rules on clawing
back bonuses paid to bankers caught up in misconduct, and
consult on closer scrutiny of how awards are made.

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      "Huw is based in London and covers European regulatory issues and global rulemaking bodies such as the G20, Financial Stability Board, IOSCO, IASB and the Basel Committee. He has covered EU regulation in Brussels, the emergence pan-European stock markets, and has also been a Wall Street reporter in New York."
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