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Legislation Regulations

  • HSBC

    Regulators should include more than 80 banks in their list of global financial institutions of systemic importance that need tighter regulation and higher capital requirements, Douglas Flint, chairman of HSBC, has urged, reports the Financial Times.

  • Perhaps we were wrong to cite the CBOE's VIX contract as a good indicator of market volatility? Recent events, including on-going military action in Libya and the Portugal sovereign debt crisis, would have suggested that the market should sell off on greater uncertainty, and yet the VIX fell from 29 last week to 17 today. Are investors becoming more sanguine about these issues?

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    The new risk retention rules proposed by regulators today are far more stringent than major banks had hoped they would be.

  • Euro bills and coins

    Like stocks, the euro has so far this year shrugged off the so-called wall of worry. Concerns that the likes of Greece, Ireland or Portugal could default have not led to euro losses.

  • Question Marks

    The current market environment reminds me of the movie “Wayne’s world” that I saw longer ago than I care to remember. The party mood on the markets just continues in the face of clear and present dangers.

  • Former U.S. President Bill Clinton seen speaking during the inaugural Rural Summit in Washington, DC

    In the months after Bill Clinton received the same kind of electoral drubbing meted out to Barack Obama in November, he used to measure his political standing by the number of Republicans getting ready to run against him, reports the Financial Times.

  • A controversial new rule that will require banks to retain risk on the mortgages they securitize will help bring back investor confidence in the market, FDIC chair Sheila Bair told CNBC Monday.

  • Shaping Bank Regulation's Future

    A look at pending regulations that could change the future of banking, and the efforts of banks to avoid or change them, with Sheila Bair, FDIC Chairman.

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    A piece of legislation introduced in Congress last week has some investors and gamblers hopeful that Internet gambling will be legalized.

  • Legislation to Legalize Internet Gambling

    A new piece of legislation has some investors and gamblers hoping legalized internet gambling could be coming to a computer near you, with Jason Ader, Hayground Cove Asset Management CEO.

  • Government Regulation

    Bank regulators are set to hold an open meeting on Tuesday to discuss a controversial risk-retention rule for mortgages—and its even more controversial carve-out.

  • German Chancellor Angela Merkel

    The heavy and humiliating defeat for German Chancellor Angela Merkel's collation in regional elections on Sunday is unlikely to derail parliamentary support for euro zone rescue measures but may bring uncertainty in financial markets, according to an analysis by Barclays Capital.

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    Credit card companies are offering a number of incentives to attract wealthy customers as they seek to reduce exposure to the increasingly indebted low-income borrowers, the Financial Times reports.

  • Raj Rajaratnam

    Secretly-recorded audio played by prosecutors reveals a phone conversation between hedge fund executive Raj Rajaratnam and his brother Rengan in which Rengan was concerned that the media had picked up on the deal.

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    Standard & Poor’s issued a warning on Thursday to big banks itching to increase their dividends: proceed with caution, the New York Times reports.

  • Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne holds Disraeli's original budget box as he leaves 11 Downing Street for Parliament.

    Scottish politicians accused George Osborne of using North Sea resources to “fuel his Budget”, saying the chancellor had given too little in return for his unexpected £2 billion tax raid on the oil and gas industry, reports the Financial Times.

  • Credit Suisse

    Credit Suisse boss Brady Dougan took $14 million in pay in 2010, despite the bank's shares losing a quarter of their value, while rival UBS CEO Oswald Gruebel waived his bonus after a much smaller share price fall.

  • There's a lot of negative news out there. Thankfully, Cramer is here to add a little context.

  • The German public opinion is increasingly against the idea of paying to save the weaker euro zone periphery member countries, Erik Nielsen, chief European economist at Goldman Sachs, told CNBC.

  • Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein

    Federal prosecutors say they do plan to call Goldman Sachs Chairman Lloyd Blankfein as a witness in the insider trading trial of Raj Rajaratnam, according to a letter sent to the judge in the case.