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Senator Bob Corker, the Tennessee Republican who is playing a crucial role in bipartisan negotiations over financial regulation, pressed to remove a provision from draft legislation that would have empowered federal authorities to crack down on payday lenders.
President Barack Obama accused insurance companies of placing profits over people and said Republicans ignored long-festering problems when they held power as he sought to build support Monday for swift passage of legislation stalled in Congress.
Senate Banking Committee Chairman Chris Dodd said he was hopeful a bipartisan agreement on a sweeping package of financial regulatory reforms could be reached in the coming days, but admitted there were still key differences between his party and the GOP.
The European Commission invited regulators, central banks, ratings agencies, fund managers and brokers for a technical meeting Friday in Brussels to discuss the fundamentals of the credit default swaps market.
Senate Banking Committee members Thursday continued talks in the hope of crafting a bipartisan bill covering sweeping reform of the financial sector, with panel chairman Christopher Dodd signaling that there was still no agreement yet on where and how a new consumer watchdog agency would fit into the current regulatory structure.
The idea to make brokers fiduciaries who have a responsibility to put their customers’ interests first may not survive in the financial overhaul bill.
"We’re really close," said Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.). "We’ve had a really good day. We’re getting to a place where Democrats and Republicans both can get comfortable with this. March 3 has been the best day yet in the process."
Three senior GOP members of the Senate Banking Committee have made a new proposal for the consumer financial protection agency to Democratic chairman Christopher Dodd.
The Justice Department is looking into whether hedge funds worked together to drive down the value of the euro, according to a report Wednesday in The Wall Street Journal.
A proposal to give the Federal Reserve the primary responsibility for protecting consumers from abusive and deceptive financial products emerged on Tuesday as a potential breakthrough after months of partisan gridlock in the Senate over the terms of a broad overhaul of financial regulations.
We need more legislators who are pragmatists and centrists to take the helm and provide true leadership. We need legislators who can find solutions and not hide behind obstructionist rhetoric. The fringe elements of both parties today have wrested control from the silent majority. The squeaky wheels are getting all the grease, while the axle is falling apart.
Under the latest proposal, the Federal Reserve would be given new powers to protect consumers in dealing with financial services companies and their products, according to sources.
A weekend of talks between Senate Banking Committee Chairman Christopher Dodd (D-Conn.) and Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) yielded some progress on crafting a bipartisan bill for financial regulatory reform, but there's no indication that a deal is imminent, several sources said.
My CNBC colleague Mary Thompson recently interviewed Harry Markopolos who for nearly ten years; tried, and failed, to alert regulators and investors of Bernie Madoff's $65 billion dollar Ponzi scheme.
Given the current trouble Congress is experiencing getting a financial regulatory bill out of the Senate, this underscores some of the confusion about arcane financial products and confusion over how to address their risks (if any) towards the financial markets.
In talking with global investors and in my recent trip to Davos for the World Economic Forum, I found that people are hardly even talking about Russia anymore. They’ve dropped the ”R“ to the point where it’s become the BIC nations.
Positions were formed long ago and the talk-fest provided photo ops and little more. Observers took away what they wanted.
Senate negotiators continue to work on a bipartisan financial regulatory-reform bill, following talks Saturday that yielded no "real progress", according to one source.
Senate Banking Committee Chairman Christopher Dodd has offered a slightly watered-down proposal for a consumer watchdog agency for financial products in an effort to win Republican support.
Senate Banking Committee Chairman Christopher Dodd (D-Conn.) and Republican member Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) are closer than ever to drafting a bipartisan bill on financial regulatory reform, but negotiations will stretch into next week, according to Congressional sources.