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Covering financial regulation for The Wall Street Journal. DC via ATL and Central Fla. andrew.ackerman@wsj.com

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.

Banks Ink Swaps Deal With U.S. Regulators

online.wsj.com — Eighteen of the top banks agreed to new procedures on swaps to help inoculate the global financial system against the failure of giant banks, addressing a key concern over "too big to fail."

Large banks to meet with Fed over derivatives

efinancialnews.com — The banks are expected to agree on a change in swaps language

Large banks to meet with Fed over derivatives

marketwatch.com — Global regulators are on the brink of a victory against "too big to fail, " as giant banks prepare to change how they handle their obligations with faltering trading partners in a bid to bolster the financial system.

Large Banks to Meet With Fed Over Derivatives

SEC Grants Citigroup Waivers, Easing Hedge-Fund Curbs

online.wsj.com — WASHINGTON--U.S. securities regulators quietly granted Citigroup Inc. waivers from restrictions that would have crimped a range of the bank's activities, including selling investments in hedge funds to individuals, following a recent securities-fraud settlement. The Securities and Exchange Commission, which in August finalized a $285 million settlement with Citigroup over allegations related to complex debt instruments, granted the...
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Oct 20, 2014

RT @wisnefski: Apple sells 39.3 million iPhones in fiscal 4th quarter, up from 33.8 mln a year ago. IPad sales slide to 12.3 million vs 14.1 million.

Oct 20, 2014

RT @BenLeubsdorf: In DC mayoral race, Bowser leads Catania by 12 points while Schwartz has -- you guessed it -- 12%. wapo.st/1sHvSrl

Oct 20, 2014

@SMTuffy Yes but that's not really Fido's fault, per se. I think you can thank Schwab's Walt Bettinger for that.

Oct 20, 2014

IMO a stretch to say Fidelity "won" the money-fund fight.SEC still adopted floating NAV, albeit scaled back, & refused tax-exempt carve out.

Oct 20, 2014

RT @GlobeRowland: ICYMI: How Fidelity fought Washington over money market funds — and won bostonglobe.com/news/politics/… via @BostonGlobe

Oct 20, 2014

@TedKnutsonDC "Calpers said the investments were too small a slice of its $298B portfolio to justify the time and expense they required."

Oct 20, 2014

Pension funds eye reducing hedge-fund investments, after Calpers chose to shed its entire $4 billion in the industry. on.wsj.com/1FnJdM7

Oct 20, 2014

RT @carney: Wow! Steven Rattner calls the Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and AIG lawsuits "extortion." nyti.ms/1yQiCFE $FNMA $FMCC $AIG

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