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Covering financial regulation for The Wall Street Journal. (CFTC, SEC, not college football.) DC via ATL and Central Fla. andrew.ackerman@wsj.com

Treasury Help Sought in Cross-Border Swaps Dispute

wsj.com — WASHINGTON-Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts (R., Kansas) is pressing the Obama administration to help resolve a protracted cross-border dispute over derivatives regulation, a fight that threatens to harm big U.S. firms like CME Group Inc. that fall under the committee's oversight. Mr. Roberts, whose panel has jurisdiction over derivatives markets, is asking the U.S.

SEC moves towards greater oversight of HFTs

efinancialnews.com — US securities regulators took the first steps toward ratcheting up oversight of rapid-fire trading, proposing to bring certain high-speed firms under greater regulation from a Wall Street watchdog.

Executive Pension Gains Expand Proxy Tables

blogs.wsj.com — Pension gains are swelling executive pay figures this year. Whether that matters to investors depends on who you ask. Some companies are downplaying the gains in the proxy tables mandated by the Securities and Exchange Commission. At least seven major companies, including General Electric , Lockheed Martin and United Technologies , have supplemented the standard table with a column omitting pension gains altogether.

SEC eases rules for startups to raise cash

marketwatch.com — WASHINGTON - U.S. securities regulators took long-awaited steps Wednesday to ease the ability of startups and privately held companies to raise cash in public markets. The Securities and Exchange Commission voted 5-0 to complete rules allowing firms to raise as much as $50 million from the general public, advancing one of the last major provisions from a 2012 law designed to ease red tape on smaller companies.

SEC Completes Startup Stock-Sale Rules

wsj.com — WASHINGTON-U.S. securities regulators took long-awaited steps Wednesday to ease the ability of startups and privately held companies to raise cash in public markets. The Securities and Exchange Commission voted 5-0 to complete rules allowing firms to raise as much as $50 million from the general public, advancing one of the last major provisions from a 2012 law designed to ease red tape on smaller companies.

Lawmaker to Propose Federal Ban on Insider Trading Ban

wsj.com — WASHINGTON-A House lawmaker whose Connecticut district is home to one of the highest concentrations of hedge funds is expected to introduce bipartisan legislation Wednesday that would ban insider trading, taking aim at a financial crime that has tripped up some of his own constituents. Rep.

Executive Pensions Are Swelling at Top Companies

wsj.com — Top U.S. executives get paid a lot to do their jobs. Now many are also getting a big boost in what they will be paid after they stop working. Executive pensions are swelling at such companies as General Electric Co., United Technologies Corp. and Coca-Cola Co.

SEC Shift on ‘Conflicting’ Shareholder Proposals Sparked by Abuse Concerns

wsj.com — A controversial Securities and Exchange Commission decision to stop allowing companies to exclude certain shareholder proposals stemmed from concern firms could abuse the SEC's process, the top U.S. securities regulator said Thursday. SEC Chairman Mary Jo White acknowledged the agency's January decision to review a corporate governance rule and stop giving companies guidance on whether they could ignore proposals that "directly...

SEC Head Seeks Uniformity in Fiduciary Duties Among Brokers, Advisers

wsj.com — PHOENIX-The top U.S. securities regulator said her agency should move to set uniform standards for the way financial advisers recommend investments and take advantage of a power granted by the 2010 Dodd-Frank law. "My own personal view is that the SEC should act ...

In Shift, Firms Give Investors New Clout Over Board Seats

wsj.com — WASHINGTON-Several big U.S. companies are poised to hand activist investors the keys to their boardrooms following intense shareholder pressure and a regulatory shift that disrupted firms' ability to block investor initiatives. At least 14 companies, including Yum Brands Inc., Citigroup Inc.
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Mar 31, 2015

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Mar 31, 2015

Michael Bellesiles found a teaching gig, which is sort of unbelievable: internet2.trincoll.edu/facProfiles/De…

Mar 31, 2015

RT @Zachary: What has former @CFTC Chairman Gensler been up to? He told a conference he just got back from an Inca Trail hike in Peru w/his daughters

Mar 31, 2015

Schapiro: fiduciary requirement for brokers will lay out over a very long time. Will be a while before SEC proposes a rule. #CIITurns30

Mar 31, 2015

Schapiro: proxy access "will become norm" through private ordering-- ie: shareholder proposals-- without SEC rule. #CIITurns30

Mar 31, 2015

In 09 FDIC hired 1k staff to close failed banks w/out going to congress 1st. Sec lacks budget flexibility like that." --Schapiro #CIITurns30

Mar 31, 2015

RT @TedKnutsonDC: Gensler career level CFTC enforcement lawyers earning less than first year attorneys on #WallStreet @FAmagazine

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