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  • Wall St. watchdog gift rules could get makeover Wednesday, 10 Dec 2014 | 1:44 PM ET

    Dec 10- Wall Street's industry-funded regulator, in step with the holiday season, has made new recommendations for possible changes to its rules about how securities brokers give and receive gifts. The recommendation on Tuesday to retool the gift rules is part of an overall review of the effectiveness and costs to the industry of the Financial Industry...

  • NEW YORK, Dec 2- Citigroup Inc is shutting down its alternative stock trading venue LavaFlow, the bank said on Tuesday, at a time when regulatory scrutiny has increased around broker-run trading platforms, forcing banks to rethink the costs. "Following a recent review of the LavaFlow ECN, we have decided that our capital, resources and efforts would be better...

  • QE isn't the answer for Europe  Tuesday, 2 Dec 2014 | 4:00 AM ET

    Continued reform and measures to encourage banks to lend in Europe would be better than outright sovereign quantitative easing says Paras Anand, head of European equities at Fidelity Worldwide Investment.

  • ECB will fulfil its mandate: France's Macron  Friday, 28 Nov 2014 | 4:00 AM ET

    The European Central Bank will fulfil its mandate in the next weeks, says Emmanuel Macron, French economy minister, adding that France will put forth further reforms to parliament.

  • WASHINGTON, Nov 25- The U.S. Federal Reserve on Tuesday proposed to impose tougher capital standards on General Electric's finance unit, one of a handful of non-bank firms deemed critically important to the health of the financial system. "GE Capital has been preparing for the enhanced regulatory standards provided for in the Dodd-Frank Act," company spokesman...

  • WASHINGTON, Nov 25- HSBC Holdings Plc will pay $12.5 million to resolve charges that its Swiss private banking unit illegally offered services to U.S. clients without being properly registered, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission said on Tuesday. The SEC said HSBC's Swiss unit amassed 368 U.S. client accounts, and its employees traveled to the United...

  • LONDON, Nov 25- Scott Wotherspoon runs a small tiling firm in Scotland. The 43- year-old borrowed about $4 million from Royal Bank of Scotland. He thinks he is due compensation for mis-selling, like thousands of other businesses that Britain's financial watchdog has ruled are eligible.

  • A bid by China to rein in its "shadow banking" activity is producing results, thanks to slowing economic growth and tighter regulation.

  • SHANGHAI/ BEIJING, Nov 24- A bid by China to rein in its "shadow banking" activity is producing results, thanks to slowing economic growth and tighter regulation. But some success for a policy drive to curb risky lending is not all good news for Beijing, as smaller companies may face even bigger struggles to find funding. A cut in interest rates, announced by Beijing on...

  • WASHINGTON, Nov 21- A top Federal Reserve official on Friday pledged to a Senate investigative subcommittee that the U.S. central bank would broaden its review of gaps in its regulation of the physical commodity operations of U.S. banks. In response to questioning at a hearing on Friday, Fed Governor Daniel Tarullo said the bank would look into filling those...

  • WASHINGTON, Nov 21- Several Democratic senators on Friday criticized the New York Federal Reserve Bank as too close to the mammoth financial institutions it regulates, taking particular aim at the hiring of Fed alumni at firms like Goldman Sachs- and vice versa. that ties between the Fed and the banking industry are perceived as cozy, and arguably contributed to...

  • Nov 20- Goldman Sachs Group Inc said it fired two staff after a junior employee passed confidential information from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, his former employer, to a senior colleague in the investment bank. Goldman said the incident on Sept. 26 was immediately reported to its compliance team, regulators and the New York Fed and an internal...

  • Nov 19- A Houston- based wealth management firm must pay more than $3.8 million to a group of 19 ExxonMobil retirees who said the company mismanaged their investments and misled them about its trading strategy, according to a securities arbitration ruling. The ruling by a panel of three Financial Industry Regulatory Authority arbitrators found USCA Capital...

  • UPDATE 1-Juno Therapeutics files for IPO Monday, 17 Nov 2014 | 7:23 AM ET

    Nov 17- Juno Therapeutics Inc, a biopharmaceutical company that is working on cancer treatments, filed with U.S. regulators for an initial public offering of common stock. Seattle- based Juno, which has raised more than $310 million in funding since April this year, counts venture capital firm ARCH Venture Fund VII LP as one of its major investors, with a stake of...

  • Banker pay must stop encouraging misconduct: Carney Monday, 17 Nov 2014 | 2:31 AM ET
    Mark Carney, governor of the Bank of England, at the bank's quarterly inflation report news conference in London, on Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014.

    Repeated scandals at banks' trading desks show the sector's compensation must be regulated to stop encouraging misconduct, BOE Gov. Mark Carney said.

  • NEW YORK, Nov 14- Hedge funds scooped up shares of Chinese company Alibaba Group Holding in the third quarter, making the e-commerce giant one of the most commonly bought stocks among some of the country's biggest investors, according to regulatory filings on Friday. Among the institutional investors that took new stakes in Alibaba were Jana Partners, the $11...

  • *OCC fines three U.S. banks, including Bank of America, $950 mln. LONDON/ ZURICH/ NEW YORK, Nov 12- Regulators fined six major banks including Citigroup and UBS a total of $4.3 billion for failing to stop traders from trying to manipulate the foreign exchange market, following a year-long global investigation. HSBC, Royal Bank of Scotland, JP Morgan and Bank of America...

  • LONDON/ NEW YORK, Nov 12- Barclays did not join a $3.4 billion settlement over alleged manipulation of foreign exchange rates because of issues with its New York regulator, people familiar with the matter said. Barclays is overseen in New York by the Department of Financial Services, unlike five other banks which settled with British, U.S. and Swiss regulators.

  • LONDON, Nov 12- Barclays did not join a group settlement over the alleged manipulation of foreign exchange rates because of complications with its regulator in New York, people familiar with the matter said. London- based Barclays is regulated by the New York State Department of Financial Services, unlike any of the other five banks who agreed a $3.4 billion...

  • LONDON/ ZURICH, Nov 12- Global regulators imposed penalties totalling $3.4 billion on five major banks, including UBS, HSBC and Citigroup, on Wednesday for failing to stop their traders from trying to manipulate foreign exchange markets. Royal Bank of Scotland and JP Morgan were also fined over attempts to rig currency benchmarks in a year-long probe that has...