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  • *Europe heeds past mistakes, evolution of US tests. LONDON, May 1- Europe's banking watchdog has edged closer to the United States in a check up of its banks this year and is keen to go further still to increase its influence over how banks behave, including how much they pay staff or shareholders.

  • Thomas Hoenig, vice chairman of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp, made the comments after Bank of America announced earlier this week that it would have to re-do its test results after discovering a calculation error that led it to overstate its capital levels by about $4 billion.

  • NEW YORK, April 29- First Horizon National Corp will pay $110 million to resolve claims it misled Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac into buying mortgage-backed securities that later went sour, a U.S. regulator said on Tuesday. As part of the deal, First Horizon will pay $61.6 million to Fannie Mae and $48.4 million to Freddie Mac, the FHFA said.

  • WASHINGTON, April 29- A top U.S. federal regulator said on Tuesday that it's going to "take a lot of work" before officials can be confident that Wall Street banks are not too complex to manage. He also said the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency is having an "active discussion" with big banks about how to simplify their legal structures.

  • LONDON/ FRANKFURT, April 29- European banks must show they can survive simultaneous routs in bonds, property and stocks, in the toughest test so far by regulators aiming to restore confidence in an industry that had to be rescued by taxpayers in the financial crisis.

  • Dick Bove: The new rulers of the financial system Tuesday, 29 Apr 2014 | 8:33 AM ET

    Regulations on big banks have created a vacuum into which alert entrepreneurs have established commanding positions, says bank analyst Dick Bove.

  • National Development and Reform Committee announced that we are ready to launch iron ore futures in Beijing, China.

    China's banking regulator has urged authorities and banks to step up an investigation into iron ore financing deals to minimize default risks.

  • SHANGHAI, April 28- China's banking regulator has urged local authorities and banks to step up an investigation into iron ore financing deals in a bid to minimize default risks, prompting a sell-off in iron ore futures that saw prices fall nearly five percent. A China Banking Regulatory Commission spokesman declined to comment.

  • SHANGHAI, April 28- China iron ore futures fell nearly five percent on Monday after the country's banking regulator urged local authorities and banks to step up an investigation into iron ore financing deals in a bid to minimize default risks.

  • *New rule takes effect in 2019. LONDON, April 15- Global regulators have eased a new rule limiting how much business a bank can undertake with a single customer, as they try to minimise the risk of fallout from a counterparty going bust without imposing excessive burdens on financial firms.

  • Banks must boost capital by $68B under new rules Tuesday, 8 Apr 2014 | 7:23 PM ET
    JPMorgan Chase headquarters in New York.

    The eight biggest U.S. banks must boost capital levels by a total of about $68 billion under new rules, U.S. regulators said on Tuesday.

  • WASHINGTON, April 8- The eight biggest U.S. banks must boost capital levels by a total of about $68 billion under new rules, U.S. regulators said on Tuesday, prompting industry complaints that less-stringent global standards will give overseas competitors an advantage.

  • Noting the rocketing growth of the global asset management industry, which is on track to more than quadruple in size by 2050 to $400 trillion, Bank of England executive director for financial stability Andy Haldane argued that funds may require closer and tighter supervision by regulators.

  • *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.