WASHINGTON, Jan 27- The top U.S. housing regulator on Tuesday said his agency would make a decision by the end of this quarter on fees Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac charge lenders for guaranteeing mortgages. The mortgage industry has been awaiting a final decision by Federal Housing Finance Agency Director Mel Watt. Speaking before his former colleagues on the...» Read More
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.
Diana Choyleva, director and head of the U.K. service at Lombard Street Research, says the implementation of necessary financial sector reforms in China will be "unpleasant and very difficult" and lead to "below-trend growth."
Jeffrey LeSage, KPMG vice chairman of U.S. tax practices, discusses tax reform and the key concerns facing business leaders. The likelihood of getting any kind of tax reform from Washington is "pretty small," says Lesage.
Simon Maughan, head of research at OTAS Technologies, comments on regulators relaxing Basel debt rules.
Chi Lo, Senior Strategist, Greater China at BNP Paribas Investment Partners, says China's local debt accumulation is unsustainable.
"When I go around to my fellow CEOs, people are frightened about whether you want to invest in the United States," he said.
Hao Hong, MD of Research & Chief Strategist at Bank of Communications International, says the real test of Chinese reform is whether the government can sit tight if growth falls below 7% in 2014.
Kenneth Bentsen, President of the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association says the U.S. budget deal is a good move towards reducing risk.
The U.S. pledged to keep any trade deal from weakening its regulations, and said it would press to match efforts to make banking and trading safer.
Jim McCaferty, Head of Regional Research at CIMB makes a case for investing in North Asian markets versus their South East Asian peers.
Erwin Sanft, MD & Head of China & HK Equity Research at Standard Chartered expects money to flow back into Chinese markets after Beijing's pro-market reform plans.
Chi Lo, Senior Strategist, Greater China, BNP Paribas Investment Partners and Frederic Neumann, MD & Co-Head of Asian Economics Research at HSBC say shadow banking and credit risks could still rise in the next few years despite China's reform plans.
Jing Ulrich, managing director at JPMorgan, says Chinese reforms should be wide-ranging and reveal the country's roadmap for the coming years and advises investing in services and consumer stocks.
Geoff Raby, Vice Chairman, Macquarie Group China also the Former Australian Ambassador to the PRC speaks about the likely reforms China's leaders may unveil at the Third Plenum.
Uwe Parpart, head of research at Reorient Financial Markets, describes China's housing market as "healthy" and expects some "very important" reforms to be announced regarding interest rates.
Former Rep. Barney Frank said it would be embarrassing and wrong if JPMorgan ended up being compensated by the FDIC.
Robert Pickel, CEO, International Swaps and Derivatives Association says despite the bad reputation that derivatives have been left with following the 2008 global financial crisis, most of the instruments used are safe.
David Costa, Dean at Robert Kennedy College discusses Italy's competitive aspects.
Catherine Yeung, Investment Director, Fidelity Worldwide Investment talks about the investment opportunities in China's reform agenda and why Thailand is in a "sweet-spot".
Peter Schaffrik, head of European rates strategy at RBC Capital Markets, says now is the time for the Italian government to push through some reforms and discusses the U.K.'s latest PMI.