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Legislation Regulations

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    Bitcoin, the peer-to-peer digital currency is under fire...My colleague John Carney writes about how the Bitcoin "HackCrash" raises doubts about the viability of virtual currency. But the folks behind the currency are pushing very hard to make it legit.

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    The debate over how much is too much in terms of capital requirements is heating up in DC as regulators and the financial services sector square off. Regulators are negotiating in Europe over a global "capital surcharge" for "systemically important financial institutions"—an additional capital requirement for the banks considered too big to fail.

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    The court-appointed receiver who is recovering assets for investors in Allen Stanford's alleged Ponzi scheme is demanding that Libya's sovereign wealth funds return millions of dollars they somehow managed to withdraw just before the firm blew up in 2009, CNBC has learned.

  • Located in North Charleston, S.C., the Charleston site consists of Boeing Charleston and Global Aeronautica. These facilities perform fabrication, assembly, and integration of 787 fuselage sections.

    The House Oversight Committee wants to know if the National Labor Relations Board overstepped its authority and is stifling American competitiveness, Chairman Rep. Darrell Issa told CNBC Friday.

  • A protester kicks a riot police officer during a general strike against government austerity plans, in Athens.

    Greece's hasty cabinet reshuffle has failed to boost confidence both domestically and internationally in the ability of the Greeks to help themselves out of the deepening debt crisis, Konstantinos Michalos, president, Athens Chamber of Commerce and Industry, told CNBC Friday.

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    We have noted in the past how an inability to apply objective analytical thought is a recurring theme in history, usually condemning the unfortunate subject to failure. The weight of history is on us once again, with the slowly changing status of the US dollar as the world’s de facto reserve currency, writes Moorad Choudhry.

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    On Thursday morning, French youth who took the test were asked “Is equality a threat to liberty?”, “Can one be right despite the facts?” or even “Is art any less necessary than science?”

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    Citigroup’s attempts to sell OneMain Financial, the largest US consumer finance company, have stumbled over concerns among potential bidders about its funding as a standalone ­business, reports the FT.

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    Hedge funds are a type of investment fund that operates with different regulatory constraints than other funds, such as mutual funds, pension funds and banks. Salman Khan of the Khan Academy describes how these funds are structured, how they operate, and the incentive fees managers earn from them.

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    US Treasurys may not be such a good bet for investors as yields have dropped too low and questions remain on whether the Federal Reserve will continue to print money after its current round of quantitative easing ends, analysts told CNBC.

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    A new bet has been placed on the the Greek debt crisis. It backs a growing view among investors that Athens may be about to suffer a messy default that could spark a run on the country’s banks and a deeper eurozone crisis, the FT reported.

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    It appears that 52 economists have urged the UK government to abandon the public spending cuts associated with its “Plan A” and move to a Plan B, which would involve halting the cuts and…not much else, it would seem, writes Moorad Choudhry.

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    Bank chiefs’ average pay in the US and Europe leapt 36 percent last year to $9.7 million, according to data compiled for the Financial Times, despite variable performance across the sector.

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

    British finance minister George Osborne will use a major speech on Wednesday to throw his weight behind recommendations that banks' retail arms should be ring-fenced from their investment banking operations.

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    Nearly three years after the collapse of Lehman Brothers, the prevailing wisdom is that we need tighter regulations to avoid another crisis. It’s a popular view, one that this column has long supported. After all, if we don’t adopt tougher standards now, then when? The New York Times reports.

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    Andrew Ross Sorkin is certainly correct when he writes that "the prevailing wisdom is that we need tighter regulations to avoid another crisis."

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    The level of suspicious trading ahead of UK mergers and acquisitions fell sharply last year to 21 percent, the lowest level since 2003, as regulators around the world intensified efforts to combat insider trading, the FT reported.

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    Both the Commodity Futures Trading Commission and the Securities and Exchange Commission are suppose to have in place rules to govern the swaps market by July 16th.

  • More Pain for Banks?

    Perspective on the banking sector, and why credit spreads keep widening, with Tim Backshall, Capital Context.

  • The United States lacks a "fundamental strategy" for being the "most innovative, the most productive, the most competitive country on Earth," former General Electric chairman Jack Welch told CNBC Monday.