July 12 (Reuters) – The European Union’s executive put forward proposals on Monday to bolster consumer confidence through better and faster protection of investors who face a run on their bank or have been the victim of fraud.
The European Commission’s plans are part of wider efforts to learn from the financial crisis, in which the savings of millions of people were hit by extreme market volatility and some banks had to be rescued by taxpayers.
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By John Kemp
LONDON, June 29 (Reuters) – With its decision to fine and ban a former oil broker for manipulating the price of Brent crude oil last year as a result of trading while drunk, Britain’s Financial Services Authority (FSA) has continued its push to introduce higher standards into trading on the London commodity markets.
Former PVM oil broker Stephen Noel Perkins was so drunk he had a limited recollection of events and had been in an alcohol induced blackout, according to the FSA’s notice announcing a minimum five-year ban and fining him 72,000 pounds.
By Ben Berkowitz
AMSTERDAM, June 29 (Reuters) – A scathing report on the failure of Dutch bank DSB is likely to revive calls for European Central Bank governing council member Nout Wellink to step down early from some or all of his roles.
Wellink, who is also the president of the Dutch central bank (DNB) and chairman of the Basel Committee of global central bankers, is not criticised directly in the report.
The House of Representatives Financial Services Committee has posted the text of the the Wall Street regulation overhaul agreed by U.S. House of Representatives and Senate negotiators on Friday. The bill is headed toward final congressional approval next week although implementation will be bogged down for months in regulatory rule-making.
WASHINGTON, June 25 (Reuters) – U.S. lawmakers are close to finalizing legislation that will overhaul the country’s financial system and usher in new rules for Wall Street.
A joint House of Representatives and Senate committee approved a bank regulation bill that lawmakers expect to pass each chamber separately in the coming days. It will then be ready for U.S. President Barack Obama to sign into law, possibly by July 4.
By Pedro Nicolaci da Costa
WASHINGTON, June 25 (Reuters) – As officials at the Federal Reserve may soon discover, more isn’t always better.
On the face it, the results of the landmark regulatory reform bill finalized on Friday should have policymakers at the U.S. central bank running victory laps around Congress.
June 21 (Reuters) – British Finance Minister George Osborne will unveil plans for an extra tax on banks to pay for bailouts on Tuesday as part of a budget expected to be the most austere in 30 years.
He has said the tax will be introduced regardless of whether other countries follow suit. The following is the state of play of plans elsewhere in the world to shield taxpayers from having to shore up banks again.
By Michael Szabo
COLOGNE, Germany May 28 (Reuters) – Major changes proposed to the European Union’s emissions market could dramatically alter the landscape for traders, who are increasingly frustrated by regulatory uncertainty and political stalemate.
A deeper 2020 EU greenhouse gas reduction commitment, qualitative and quantitative restrictions on carbon offset eligibility and details on carbon permit auctioning in the scheme’s third phase are among the decisions expected to be made this year by the 27-nation bloc’s executive.
By Jonathan Thatcher
SEOUL, May 28 (Reuters) – South Korea looks increasingly close to imposing some form of foreign exchange controls, albeit relatively moderate ones, to try to stop gyrations in the won and end the constant risk of sudden capital flight.
The issue has been on the boil for months, but the won’s dive this week on a mix of the euro zone tremors and North Korea’s war-like rhetoric, appears to be persuading policy makers they must do something, though the turbulence makes the timing tricky.
By Steve Slater and Alex Chambers
LONDON, May 28 (Reuters) – This week’s market jitters that banks were heading back to the darkest days of 2008 look overdone because lenders have vastly improved their assets and central banks stand ready with abundant funding.
Bank of Spain’s bailout of a small regional bank has brought back the spectre of another systemic crash after the demise of Lehman Brothers in 2008, this time on concerns about the financial sector in the euro-zone’s periphery.