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Workers at Top U.S. Swaps Regulator Vote to Unionize

online.wsj.com — WASHINGTON-Workers at the top U.S. swaps regulator voted to join a large union of federal employees. The National Treasury Employees Union said Thursday it won an election to represent 370 out of 677 employees at the Commodity Futures Trading Commission. Management and employees at one of the regulator's regional offices, in New York, were excluded.

U.S. Chamber warns cyberattack disclosures could hurt corporate profits

marketwatch.com — WASHINGTON-The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is trying to head off efforts to force publicly traded firms to share more information about cyberattacks, warning policy makers that such disclosures could unduly harm corporate profits.

U.S. Chamber Warns Cyberattack Disclosures Could Hurt Corporate Profits

online.wsj.com — WASHINGTON-The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is trying to head off efforts to force publicly traded firms to share more information about cyberattacks, warning policy makers that such disclosures could unduly harm corporate profits. In a letter to the Securities and Exchange Commission-which has been debating whether to ratchet up disclosure requirements-the Chamber said the agency could "paint a target" on the backs of companies if they...

SEC Splits on BofA Business Curbs

online.wsj.com — WASHINGTON-An internal disagreement within the Securities and Exchange Commission is threatening potentially lucrative revenue streams at Bank of America Corp., according to people close to the situation. At stake is whether banks should face business restrictions after settling SEC enforcement actions.

SEC Says House Trading Probe Hindered by Court Delays

online.wsj.com — WASHINGTON-Prosecutors gathering evidence into whether congressional staff helped tip Wall Street traders to a change in health-care policy have hit a snag: a sluggish court system. A Securities and Exchange Commission attorney said Friday that delays by the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York have "impeded" its investigation.

CFTC’s Massad Sees ‘Progress’ On Global Derivatives Rules

online.wsj.com — European policy makers are far behind their U.S. counterparts in setting up postcrisis regulations for the multitrillion-dollar derivatives industry but Timothy Massad, the top U.S. overseer of swaps, said a coordinated system will ultimately emerge. Mr. Massad, four months into his tenure as head of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, said in a speech Thursday that regulators are making progress in establishing a coordinated...

Regulators likely to finalize relaxed mortgage rule Oct. 22

marketwatch.com — WASHINGTON--U.S. financial regulators are poised to finish long-delayed mortgage market standards as soon as next week, according to people familiar with the matter, adopting a relaxed set of rules designed to ensure credit is broadly available.

Regulators Likely to Finalize Relaxed Mortgage Rule Oct. 22

online.wsj.com — WASHINGTON-U.S. financial regulators are poised to finish long-delayed mortgage market standards as soon as next week, according to people familiar with the matter, adopting a relaxed set of rules designed to ensure credit is broadly available.

Regulators Are Set to Tighten Swaps Rules

online.wsj.com — WASHINGTON-Global regulators are preparing to impose new restrictions on banks, asset managers and others who use swaps to help hedge risks and speculate on market moves. The Federal Reserve and banking authorities around the world are developing new rules that would prevent banks from entering into swaps agreements with certain customers unless their contracts include measures to help protect the financial system in the event of a...

Banks Back Plan for Failing Lenders

online.wsj.com — The largest lenders in the U.S., Europe and Japan over the weekend agreed to new procedures to help inoculate the global financial system against the failure of giant banks.
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Oct 31, 2014

"We sometimes use 'mid-2000s' when we mean middecade. (Mid-2000s means 2500 or so...)" on.wsj.com/1G2fjxh

Oct 31, 2014

RT @kristinapet: At the Birchwood Cafe in Aitkin, Minn, a Democratic community tilts toward the GOP. on.wsj.com/1rEGsvq via @WSJ

Oct 31, 2014

MasterCard and Visa reported strong growth as more consumers ditch cash for electronic payments on.wsj.com/1wO8LiQ

Oct 31, 2014

SunTrust & other regional banks joining the fight against one of the most hated Dodd-Frank provisions on.wsj.com/1wNOnyw via @vgmac

Oct 31, 2014

SEC Chief White statement on death of ex-SEC Chairman Rod Hills sec.gov/News/PublicStm…

Oct 31, 2014

Charles Schwab sues law firm and its client for libel over ‘chuck-you.com’ website abajournal.com/news/article/c… via

Oct 30, 2014

Workers at the CFTC, the top U.S. swaps regulator, vote to join union on.wsj.com/1rE4ir5

Oct 30, 2014

Really glad Soriano will never botch closing another game for the #nationals again but wish him and his hyperbaric chamber best of luck.

Oct 30, 2014

RT @ZuckermanCSN: #Nats announce they've picked up Denard Span's $9 million option for 2015. No-brainer after the season he just had.

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