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  • Here's the key to global growth: Treasury official Wednesday, 7 Jan 2015 | 1:01 PM ET
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    As the global coalition for growth expands, it's important that each new addition adds value and has a clearly defined role, says this Treasury official.

  • Jan 6- Sales of so-called "smart beta" funds, the fastest-growing segment of the exchange-traded fund market, are among the issues Wall Street's private watchdog will review in its 2015 examinations of U.S. brokerages, the regulator said on Tuesday. The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority is concerned about how market swings affect indices tied to the...

  • Dec 29- Japan's financial regulator has begun stress tests on regional banks to determine how much their earnings would suffer if long-term interest rates remain near record lows under the Bank of Japan's loose money policy, according to two people with direct knowledge of the process. Regional lenders have typically extended loans to smaller businesses,...

  • NEW YORK, Dec 23- In December 2013, Hanmag Securities Corp, a small South Korean brokerage firm, lost 46 billion won in a day after a stock option trading algorithm went bad. It was a fatal blow for a company that had just 15 billion won of capital- Hanmag went bust. During the financial crisis, regulators were reluctant to let wobbly traders such as Bear Stearns go bust,...

  • UPDATE 1-CBOE to pass regulatory duties to FINRA Monday, 22 Dec 2014 | 3:43 PM ET

    CHICAGO, Dec 22- CBOE Holdings Inc, operator of the biggest U.S. stock options market, will cede regulatory duties to the securities industry's largest independent regulator next week, the company said on Monday. CBOE's Chicago Board Options Exchange and C2 Options Exchange hired the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, or FINRA, to perform "the majority of...

  • CBOE to pass regulatory duties to FINRA Monday, 22 Dec 2014 | 1:12 PM ET

    CHICAGO, Dec 22- CBOE Holdings Inc, operator of the biggest U.S. stock options market, will cede regulatory duties to the securities industry's largest independent regulator next week, the company said on Monday. CBOE's Chicago Board Options Exchange and C2 Options Exchange hired the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, or FINRA, to perform "the majority of...

  • *Regulators want to set capital "floor" for industry. *Proposals will reduce reliance on external credit ratings. LONDON, Dec 22- Global regulators have outlined measures to ensure capital held by banks does not fall below a certain level and to adopt a more consistent approach across the industry to measuring risk.

  • Dec 18- U.S. banks will be able to do more business in Cuba after the United States and the island nation agreed to restore diplomatic ties, but trade groups said their members will be slow to ramp up operations, fearing big penalties for mistakes. The U.S. Treasury Department said it expects to ease its sanction rules for banking in Cuba in the coming weeks.

  • SAO PAULO, Dec 17- Grupo BTG Pactual SA's Chilean unit obtained a permanent banking license to operate in the country on Wednesday, allowing Latin America's largest independent investment bank to start operations in Chile by the end of January. In a statement, BTG Pactual said the unit, known as Banco BTG Pactual Chile, wanted a full banking license in Chile to "grow...

  • Dec 16- The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Wall Street's industry-funded regulator, fined Bank of America Corp's Merrill Lynch unit $1.9 million for unfair pricing related to the purchase of distressed securities over two years. Merrill Lynch's global banking and markets credit trading desk had bought senior notes of Motors Liquidation Co,...

  • Italian reforms: A step in the right direction?   Monday, 15 Dec 2014 | 4:30 AM ET
    Italian reforms: A step in the right direction?

    Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi's labour reforms are a "step in the right direction", according to Anatoli Annenkov, senior European economist at Societe Generale, who argues that much more is needed, nevertheless.

  • 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
    Sovereign QE isn't the answer for Europe

    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
    ECB will fulfil its mandate: France's Macron

    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...