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Banks’ Swaps May Come Back Onshore Under U.S. CFTC Plan

July 17, 2015

BY NATHAN DEAN & SARAH JANE MAHMUD, BLOOMBERG INTELLIGENCE The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s June 29 proposal on cross-border swaps margin requirements may signal the regulator’s intent to move quickly to finalize the rule. The CFTC originally intended to complete an all-encompassing margin rule by March and delayed it

Banks Least Ready for Quantitative Risk-Taking Under Volcker, Says PwC’s Scarpati

July 17, 2015

Chris Scarpati, principal inPwC‘s Financial Services Advisory Practice, told Bloomberg Brief’s Melissa Karsh that as the Volcker Rule’s July 21 compliance deadline approaches banks are least prepared to justify risk-taking quantitatively, and are most prepared for trading-desk level compliance. His comments were edited and condensed. Click here to read the

SEC Takes Action on Dodd-Frank Ahead of Anniversary

July 17, 2015

BY MELISSA KARSH, BLOOMBERG BRIEF EDITOR   The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has now adopted 61 mandatory Dodd-Frank Act rulemaking provisions, including those regarding private funds, clearinghouses, credit rating agencies and municipal securities advisers, according to a summary posted on the regulator’s website Thursday. The announcement comes less than

Number of Subsidiaries at Big U.S. Banks Hasn’t Fallen Much

July 10, 2015

  Big U.S. banks have said they’re smoothing the way for orderly resolution by reorganizing relations between core units that together encompass most of their business. Still, they haven’t made much progress paring their total number of subsidiaries — a sign that they’d still be difficult to resolve in a

Cyber-Risk Is ‘Next Black Swan,’ Uneven Across the Globe, Says Iosco’s Medcraft

July 2, 2015

Cyber-risk is “probably the next black swan,” says Greg Medcraft, chairman of the International Organization of Securities Commissions and the Australian Securities & Investments Commission. Medcraft spoke to Bloomberg News reporters and editors June 25 in New York. His comments were edited and condensed. Click here to view the full interview

Some Compliance Chiefs Left Out of Strategic Planning: PwC

June 26, 2015

Global CEOs, though concerned about what they perceive as over-regulation and its impact on their business goals, tend not to involve chief compliance officers in planning corporate strategy, a PricewaterhouseCoopers LLC report said. Half of CEOs reported entering or considering entry into a new sector, the survey, which included responses from 1,102

SEC to Scrutinize Complex Exchange-Traded Products

June 19, 2015

By Ben Eisen The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is seeking input on the increasing complexity of exchange-traded products as interest balloons in the investments. The regulator opened a 60-day comment period about how exchange-traded notes (ETNs) and funds are being sold and used, according to a request released June

Dual U.S. Bribery Law Enforcers Take Time on FCPA So Far in 2015

June 5, 2015

BY MELISSA KARSH AND HEMA PARMAR, BLOOMBERG BRIEF Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) enforcement actions may appear to be on a downward trend, but activity has actually been holding pretty steady over a longer time frame, according to an attorney who practices in this area. The U.S. Department of Justice has initiated

Harshest Algorithmic, High-Frequency Trading Controls on Tap for EU Traders

June 1, 2015

Algorithmic and high-frequency traders, as well as their trading venues, will likely face tight risk controls starting in 2017 under European Union proposals that seek to prevent disorderly markets. The Markets in Financial Instruments Directive II, or MiFID II, requires that all traders be authorized and regulated, and disclose and

Qatar $200B World Cup Under Scrutiny as U.S. Probes Banks

May 29, 2015

Qatar’s $200 billion plan for the 2022 World Cup is coming under fresh scrutiny after the U.S. said officials in world soccer’s governing body, FIFA, were indicted for racketeering, conspiracy and corruption charges. As part of the wide ranging probe, the U.S. is also examining banks’conduct, according to prosecutors. Click here to