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The cost to implement provisions of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act more than tripled at four regulators in 2012 from 2011, the U.S. Government Accountability Office said in a report. Click here to continue reading.
Small firms would benefit from more lenient regulation — including less financial disclosure — according to a plan for a new small-company stock exchange that a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission panel put forward last week, the panel’s chairman said. Click here to continue reading.
New federal guidelines on employee use of social media at some financial institutions may be at odds with state privacy laws, and could force firms to change their policies to abide by both sets of rules, industry lawyers said. Click here to continue reading.
The U.S. Financial Stability Oversight Council was singled out in a recent Government Accountability Office study for not yet identifying which nonbank financial firms should be better supervised. Click here to continue reading.
Wells Fargo & Co., Bank of America Corp. and JPMorgan Chase & Co. are among banks that will reap savings under last week’s deal with U.S. regulators that no longer requires independent consultants to review foreclosures. The savings will help offset the cost to settle government charges that the banks wrongfully foreclosed on struggling homeowners. Click here to continue reading.
At least six major post-crisis rules aimed at making markets safer have stalled in the past 10 weeks because of industry opposition, global disagreements and regulators’ concerns that haste may cause more harm than good, bank executives and financial analysts said. Click here to continue reading.
The Treasury Department’s inspector general has threatened to punish JPMorgan Chase & Co. for failing to turn over documents to regulators investigating the bank’s ties to Bernard Madoff’s Ponzi scheme. Inspector General Eric Thorson gave the largest U.S. bank a Jan. 11 deadline to cooperate with the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency probe or risk sanctions [...]
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U.K. banks, under pressure from the Bank of England to increase capital, may do exactly what the central bank doesn’t want them to do: Cut lending. While trimming or delaying dividends, selling assets, reducing pay or raising equity would also bolster capital, banks such as government-owned Royal Bank of Scotland Group Plc and Lloyds Banking Group Plc may [...]