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  • 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...

  • 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.

  • A bid by China to rein in its "shadow banking" activity is producing results, thanks to slowing economic growth and tighter regulation.

  • Banker pay must stop encouraging misconduct: Carney Monday, 17 Nov 2014 | 2:31 AM ET
    Mark Carney, governor of the Bank of England, at the bank's quarterly inflation report news conference in London, on Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014.

    Repeated scandals at banks' trading desks show the sector's compensation must be regulated to stop encouraging misconduct, BOE Gov. Mark Carney said.

  • Lloyds bank to cut 9,000 jobs: Sources Thursday, 23 Oct 2014 | 1:24 AM ET

    Lloyds will next week announce plans to cut 9,000 jobs over the next three years, sources familiar with the matter told Reuters.

  • Treasury takes a big step to fight dirty money Friday, 1 Aug 2014 | 2:07 PM ET

    Treasury is proposing a new regulation to make the financial system more transparent, says Undersecretary David Cohen.

  • Wall Street elite call for trading fee changes Monday, 28 Jul 2014 | 1:04 PM ET
    Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange in New York.

    Key Wall Street executives called for reform to some trading fees that could be causing market distortions and increased use of dark pools.

  • Goldman mortgage deal could reach $1.25B: Source Saturday, 26 Jul 2014 | 1:59 PM ET

    The FHFA filed 18 lawsuits against Goldman and other banks in 2011 over about $200 billion in mortgage-backed securities that later went sour.

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

    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.

  • Bank regulators have gone too far: Dick Bove Thursday, 5 Jun 2014 | 2:43 PM ET
    Richard Bove

    There is something seriously wrong with bank regulation and litigation in the US today, says bank analyst Dick Bove.