Legislation Regulations

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    Want a recipe for deeper subprime trouble? Add governmental interference, says Michael Darda. The chief economist at MKM Partners joined "Squawk on the Street" to address Thursday's Senate Banking Committee hearings on mortgage lending.

  • Virgin America, the low-cost start-up airline with ties to British entrepreneur Richard Branson, will have to ditch its chief executive and restructure its ownership to win final approval to operate, U.S. officials said Tuesday.

  • The federal government's final report on the fatal 2005 explosion at BP's Texas City refinery criticized a key  worker-safety agency for lax oversight and reiterated claims that organizational and safety deficiencies at the British energy company led to the blast.

  • Britain's media regulator Ofcom said on Tuesday it would investigate the pay TV industry, dominated by BSKyB, and decide whether the market should be referred for scrutiny by competition regulators.

  • U.S. capital markets should accept that London's Alternative Investment Market (AIM) is not simply attracting company listings due to the hassle of U.S. regulation, the head of the London Stock Exchange said.

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    On Thursday, a Wal-Mart Stores e-mail became public that detailed lease terms for banks that would rent space inside its locations. The "church and state" debate began again: Should the world's No. 1 retailer be allowed to dabble in loans? A banking expert and an ex-Reagan Administration advisor argued the merits and dangers, on "Power Lunch."

  • United States Treasury Secretary Henry M. Paulson listens to a question following his speech at the Confederation of British Industries annual conference, in London, Tuesday Nov. 28, 2006. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

    U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson will host a conference in Washington Tuesday looking at how regulation is affecting U.S. capital markets' competitiveness. The the day-long forum will include some of the biggest names in business, including Warren Buffett, former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan, NYSE CEO John Thain and General Electric chairman Jeffrey Immelt (GE owns CNBC).

  • Warren Buffett and Alan Greenspan offered sharply different views on government regulation of U.S. capital markets, reflecting the divisions among many business and government leaders who gathered in Washington for a high-level conference on U.S. competitiveness.

  • Wall Street money managers told a House committee that hedge funds should disclose more to their bankers and improve their risk management but not be subject to mandatory registration, CNBC’s Melissa Lee reported from Capitol Hill.

  • Wall Street may be losing its competitive edge to foreign markets because of increased government regulation, according to some business groups and legal experts.

  • Wall Street is losing its competitive edge to foreign markets because of an increasingly tough regulatory environment, legal experts told CNBC's "Power Lunch."

  • A Republican who backs marketplace regulations might seem paradoxical -- but Michael Oxley, ex-GOP representative, co-authored the sweeping 2002 Sarbanes-Oxley Act. Does the former chairman of the House Financial Services Committee still approve of "SarBox"? He gave his views, on "Power Lunch."

  • A bill that would give shareholders the right to cast non-binding votes on executive pay sparked sharp comments Thursday at a subcommittee hearing in Washington.

  • There oughta be a law, says Sen. Charles "Chuck" Grassley (R-Iowa), that requires hedge funds to register with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Would the so-called Grassley Amendment produce healthy accountability -- or stifle investment? Ex-SEC Chairman Harvey Pitt and a Wharton professor debated the question on "Morning Call."

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    Congress is considering a bill that would give shareholders the right to cast non-binding votes on executive pay and "golden parachutes" if the enterprise is sold. Opponents say the measure, HR 1257, would force CEOs to devote more time to meeting with advocacy groups and less time on planning and product development. Supporters say that unless pay is tied to performance, executives have incentive to cook the books.

  • The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission suspended trading today in the stocks of 35 small companies linked to spam e-mail campaigns urging small investors to buy shares.

  • This afternoon-- Sirius Satellite Radio CEO Mel Karmazin will be on Capitol Hill pushing for a merger with rival XM. Should the government approve the proposed merger between Sirius and XM or would it kill any competition? Skeptics say it is unlikely to benefit consumers or investors but the biggest obstacle will be antitrust regulations.

  • Counterfeiting money and knocking off handbags are familiar crimes; now, the latest scam is faking rare wines. Ray Isle, senior editor at Food & Wine magazine, joined "Street Signs" to talk about the threat to the high-end market.

  • The composition of the board of directors at major companies is changing and becoming less clubby. On "Squawk Box" CNBC's Mary Thompson says there’s no shortage of candidates to serve on corporate boards, but they’re now drawn from a different talent pool. In 2001, about half board members were active CEOs. Last year, the figure declined to 29%.

  • NYSE Group has requested the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission grant it relief from securities regulations that would oblige the New York Stock Exchange to route orders to certain markets, according to a public filing.