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  • WASHINGTON, July 23- U.S. regulators and 15 states announced a wave of lawsuits on Wednesday against law firms and mortgage assistance companies they said have scammed borrowers since at least 2011 by falsely promising home loan modifications and other foreclosure relief.

  • July 23- The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has approved a new brokerage industry rule to ban dispute settlements between securities firms and investors that require investors to agree to erase complaints from brokers' public records.

  • NEW YORK, July 21- BNP Paribas SA's $9 billion settlement with U.S. authorities, aided by internal whistleblowers, has spurred calls for federal banking regulators to protect and reward individuals who report wrongdoing by banks.

  • PANAMA CITY, July 18- Panamanian banking supervisors said on Friday they had taken control of ES Bank SA, a small unit of Portugal's Espirito Santo, which is facing intense scrutiny from investors and regulators over revelations of irregularities at related companies.

  • US regulators close small bank in Georgia Friday, 18 Jul 2014 | 5:44 PM ET

    The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. said Friday that it has taken over Eastside Commercial Bank, based in Conyers, Georgia. The FDIC says Macon, Georgia- based State Bank and Trust Company will also buy $42.6 million of Eastside Commercial Bank's loans. The failure of Eastside Commercial Bank is expected to cost the deposit insurance fund $33.9 million.

  • WASHINGTON, July 17- U.S. housing finance companies Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are making riskier deals as they increasingly purchase mortgages from smaller lenders, a federal watchdog said on Thursday.

  • The planned transformation of EBS, owned by the world's largest interdealer broker ICAP, comes as the sector faces greater regulatory scrutiny after alleged manipulation of foreign exchange benchmarks used to price trillions of dollars of investments and company deals.

  • UK regulator imposes caps on payday loans Tuesday, 15 Jul 2014 | 8:15 AM ET

    LONDON— Britain's financial regulator on Tuesday announced new limitations on what payday lenders can charge their customers, the latest step in moves to tackle poor conduct in the short-term credit industry.

  • Ernst & Young paying $4M to settle SEC charges Monday, 14 Jul 2014 | 3:51 PM ET

    The SEC said employees of Washington Council EY, a lobbying subsidiary of Ernst& Young, met with congressional staff and tried to influence pending legislation on the two companies' behalf.

  • The series of examinations, which will likely begin this summer or fall, will also gauge funds' compliance with securities industry laws and regulations, said Norm Champ, director of the SEC's Division of Investment Management, in prepared remarks published by the agency late on Monday.

  • NEW YORK, July 3- American Express Co is set to face off against the U.S. government and 17 states in a trial that begins on Monday over claims that it stifles competition from credit card providers that charge lower processing fees.

  • *Mitsubishi UFJ, CIMB and TPG among suitors- bankers. *Targets include Rizal Commercial Banking Corp- bankers.

  • WASHINGTON, July 1- Wall Street's self-funded regulator fined a unit of Goldman Sachs on Tuesday over pricing rule violations stemming from its "dark pool," marking the latest in a string of recent enforcement actions targeting anonymous trading platforms.

  • WASHINGTON, July 1- A unit of Goldman Sachs will pay an $800,000 fine and return funds to harmed investors to settle charges that its "dark pool" trading venue violated rules designed to get customers the best prices, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority said on Tuesday.

  • *CSRC cracking down on insider trading at mutual funds. By Lu Jianxin and Pete Sweeney. SHANGHAI, July 1- A crackdown by Chinese regulators on insider trading in the country's $1.2 trillion mutual fund industry has sparked an exodus of fund managers from the industry.

  • Tech threat a warning for fund managers to step up Friday, 27 Jun 2014 | 11:53 AM ET

    *Google, Apple, Amazon among those well positioned- KPMG. MONACO, June 27- Tech companies pose a growing threat to traditional asset managers and the financial services industry needs to up its game to meet the challenge, even though the hurdle of regulation is holding back rapid change, industry executives said.

  • Banks withdraw from Barclays' dark pool -FT Thursday, 26 Jun 2014 | 6:50 PM ET

    June 26- Big banks have started pulling their business out of Barclays' dark pool, after the British bank was sued by New York's top securities regulator for allegedly misleading institutional investors over its anonymous trading venue, The Financial times reported.

  • June 25- The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission unveiled a one-year "tick size" pilot program to let some stocks trade in five-cent increments instead of one-penny increments.

  • Abe shoots 'third arrow': What it entails     Tuesday, 24 Jun 2014 | 5:00 AM ET

    Seijiro Takeshita, director at Mizuho International, comments on Shinzo Abe's new measures and says their benefits won't be felt until next year at the earliest.

  • NEW YORK, June 23- The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority has withdrawn a proposal that would require brokers to disclose to customers signing bonuses and other compensation they receive to move to a new firm, but it plans to refile it later this year.