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EU Repo Market Stagnates as Regulation Crimps Trading

October 2, 2015

Europe’s market for borrowing and lending securities, including government bonds, barely grew in the 18 months through June 10 with the total value of outstanding repurchase contracts at 5.6 trillion euros ($6.3 trillion), the International Capital Market Association said in a report. The decline of the repo market in recent

House Keeps Pressure on DOL’s Fiduciary Proposal

September 25, 2015

BY SEAN FORBES, BLOOMBERG BNA Momentum in Congress against the Labor Department‘s proposed fiduciary rule continued to build as a House committee said it would consider a bill next week that could effectively kill the proposal. The Financial Services Committee Sept. 30 will mark up legislation (H.R. 1090) from Rep.

Insurers Face the Final Countdown: Solvency II Stumbles Forward

September 11, 2015

U.K. insurers and reinsurers can expect a final decision on the validity of their internal risk models from the Prudential Regulation Authority in December, leaving the companies just weeks to prepare for new capital requirements under Solvency II. The PRA will communicate its decision to each insurer simultaneously. Many U.K.

DOJ Concedes It Prosecutes Corporate Crime Wrong

September 11, 2015

BY SHEELAH KOLHATKAR, BLOOMBERG BUSINESS The most amazing thing about the Justice Department’s new guidelines on the prosecution of corporate crime is that the DOJ is effectively acknowledging there was a problem with how it did things before. In a Sept. 9 memo from Deputy Attorney General Sally Quillian Yates, the DOJ said

Fed, OCC Say BofA Can Use Own Capital Calculation

September 8, 2015

BY JEFF BATER, BLOOMBERG BNA Bank of America can use its own risk weights instead of standardized weights when calculating its capital requirements in the fourth quarter, two regulators have decided. The Federal Reserve and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, in a joint release, announced they approved

Court Rejects Conflict Minerals Rule No One Could Obey

August 28, 2015

BY ELLEN ROSEN, BLOOMBERG NEWS The court case over the so-called conflict minerals rule has been an academic exercise in at least one sense. The rule, which requires companies to disclose whether any of their products contain components from strife-ridden areas of Africa, including the Democratic Republic of the Congo, was

Commodity Groups Required to Clear Trades Surge in ESMA Plan

August 21, 2015

BY MATTHEW CARR, BLOOMBERG NEWS The number of groups in the “commodity and other” category breaching the threshold requiring them to clear trades would jump to 34 from 12 under a proposed change to financial regulations, according to the European Securities & Markets Authority. The European Commission should revisit current

CFTC Delays Overseas Derivatives Trading Rules

August 14, 2015

BY SILLA BRUSH AND GREG SULLIVAN, BLOOMBERG NEWS The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission delayed for a fifth time a policy that clamps down on banks’ overseas derivatives trades. The delay in imposing the regulation, which subjects derivatives transactions set up in the U.S. but held in overseas divisions to

Iosco Finds Progress in Derivatives Market Policy Across 20 Jurisdictions

July 31, 2015

The International Organization of Securities Commissions found that jurisdictions have made “significant” progress in adopting legislation, regulation and/or policy regarding derivative market intermediaries (DMIs). Many of the 20 jurisdictions reviewed, including the U.S., Canada and Singapore, are in the process of amending their regimes regarding DMIs and other derivatives-related activities, according

Most EU Authorities Have Signed Agreements With Foreign Jurisdictions on AIFMD

July 24, 2015

Almost half of the 31 European Economic Area regulators have signed memorandums of understanding on the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive with all of the 44 key jurisdictions under review, according to a European Securities and Markets Authority MOU document updated on Feb. 18, 2015. — Melissa Karsh and Ian