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  • *Regulator urges banks to act to curb bad loans. *Move comes after banks' bad loan ratios reach 2- year high.

  • Will Indian elections pave way for reforms?     Thursday, 3 Apr 2014 | 9:14 PM ET

    John Woods, MD, Head of Fixed Income & Senior Portfolio Manager at Citi Investment Management, discusses the likelihood of India seeing economic reforms post-election.

  • WASHINGTON, April 3- Bank of America Corp is close to settling with a U.S. consumer regulator over the sale of services sold as add-ons to credit cards, sources familiar with the talks said.

  • WASHINGTON, April 3- Bank of America Corp is close to a settlement with the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau over problems with products sold as add-ons to credit cards, sources familiar with the talks said.

  • *Tencent, banks and regulators stand in Alibaba's way. HONG KONG/ BEIJING, April 3- Alibaba, the world's biggest e-commerce company, changed how China shops. Joe Tsai, executive vice chairman of Alibaba Group Holding Ltd, sees an Alibaba future that stretches from banking to education, travel to entertainment.

  • CAT avoided huge tax bill: Report     Tuesday, 1 Apr 2014 | 10:43 AM ET

    Caterpillar is under scrutiny for its tax strategies as the Senate will be taking a closer look at its tax structures today, reports CNBC's Hampton Pearson.

  • Nerves grow over impact of fixing row, FX regulation Friday, 28 Mar 2014 | 2:00 PM ET

    BERLIN, March 28- A drop-off in major currency market volatility may be due as much to banking regulations and a row over alleged manipulation as to ultra-low interest rates in the developed world, industry figures said on Friday.

  • Still, it's the more mundane details such as due diligence in hiring that could choke Oppenheimer and Morgan Stanley if regulators extend their investigations, lawyers said.

  • *Carlyle picks up finance veteran as its profit rises. NEW YORK, March 25- Private equity firm Carlyle Group LP poached one of Jamie Dimon's closest aides, Michael Cavanagh, from JPMorgan Chase& Co on Tuesday, in a surprise hire that reflects both the increasing prominence of so-called shadow banking and the regulatory challenges faced by banks.

  • TABLE-U.S. banks' capital ratios under Fed stress tests Thursday, 20 Mar 2014 | 4:00 PM ET

    Only Zions Bancorporation, a Salt Lake City, Utah- based lender with $56.0 billion in assets, would be left with a regulatory capital ratio beneath the Fed's 5.0 percent minimum under the exercise. M&T Bank Corp 5.9 Bank of America Corp 6.0. Morgan Stanley 6.1 Ally Financial Inc 6.3.

  • US regulators probe high-speed trading companies - WSJ Tuesday, 18 Mar 2014 | 10:42 PM ET

    March 18- The Commodity Futures Trading Commission is investigating deals between large high-speed traders and the two futures-exchange operators- CME Group Inc and IntercontinentalExchange Group Inc, the Wall Street Journal reported citing people familiar with the matter.

  • BOSTON, March 17- Big U.S. companies appear to have handed out smaller increases in compensation to their chief executives in 2013 than in 2012, mainly as a result of reduced grants of stock options, according to an early review of annual regulatory filings.

  • NEW YORK, March 13- A former analyst affiliated with billionaire Steven A. Cohen's SAC Capital Advisors LP has agreed to pay more than $203,000 and be banned from the securities industry to settle insider trading charges by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

  • *Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan, Citigroup, Morgan Stanley are lead underwriters. Synchrony Financial filed a $100 million placeholder with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Thursday and GE said it expects to complete the IPO later this year. Goldman Sachs& Co, JP Morgan, Citigroup and Morgan Stanley are lead underwriters for the IPO, according to the filing.

  • WASHINGTON, March 12- A U.S. "Whatever business model you want to use is perfectly fine with us, as long as it is not a business model that is entirely based on conflicts of interest," said Phyllis Borzi, the assistant secretary of the Employee Benefits Security Administration, in remarks at an event held by the Financial Services Roundtable.

  • Beware Bitcoin - U.S. brokerage regulator Tuesday, 11 Mar 2014 | 3:08 PM ET

    In an investor alert titled "Bitcoin: More than a Bit Risky," the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority said recent events such as the bankruptcy of Bitcoin exchange operator Mt. "Speculators drawn to bitcoin trading should understand that bitcoin prices have fluctuated widely, and wildly," said Gerri Walsh, FINRA's vice president for investor education.

  • UPDATE 3-China launches private bank pilot programme Tuesday, 11 Mar 2014 | 5:56 AM ET

    BEIJING, March 11- China will launch pilot programmes testing the development of privately-owned banks in Tianjin, Shanghai, Zhejiang and Guangdong, the country's bank regulator Shang Fulin said on Tuesday.

  • BEIJING, March 11- Following are comments from a media conference by Zhou Xiaochuan, the governor of the People's Bank of China, Deputy Governor Yi Gang, the head of China Banking Regulatory Commission, Shang Fulin, as well as the heads of China Insurance Regulatory Commission and the China Securities Regulatory Commission. For a related story, see.

  • MILAN, March 4- Euro zone banks could be forced to disclose any major balance sheet gaps discovered in a health check on the industry before the results are made public in October, the head of the European banking watchdog said on Tuesday.

  • BEIJING, Feb 27- China's foreign exchange regulator has launched an investigation into the possible impact from recent yuan depreciation on foreign exchange transactions at domestic banks and companies, banking sources said on Thursday.

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