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February 7, 2013
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  • European Parliament could still approve derivatives rules
    The European Parliament Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee voted against technical standards on over-the-counter derivatives and central counterparties, but the rules might still be approved by Parliament. The committee based its decision on a belief that the European Securities and Markets Authority had misinterpreted a portion of the law that mandates the rules, but Parliament might approve them anyway to avoid a lengthy rewrite. Meanwhile, a French market regulator is urging European lawmakers to approve the rules. (subscription required) (2/6), Reuters (2/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Bankers view Lew as an unknown commodity
    Financial executives are raising questions about President Barack Obama's nominee for Treasury secretary, Jack Lew. Industry players say they're concerned about Lew's stance on regulatory changes, many of which are included in the Dodd-Frank Act. Lew is expected to face confirmation-hearing questions on how he would handle his position as chief of the Financial Stability Oversight Council. The Hill/On the Money blog (2/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • CFTC and FERC fight over punishing traders
    The Commodity Futures Trading Commission and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission are fighting a turf battle over who has the right to punish Brian Hunter, formerly a trader at Amaranth Advisors. The CFTC and Hunter say FERC overstepped its bounds in issuing a $30 million fine for bad gas-futures bets. The CFTC has paused an investigation of Hunter to join in his defense against FERC. Reuters (2/6), Bloomberg (2/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Germany pushes ahead with ring fence
    Germany is forging ahead with plans to separate investment and retail banking. "The precarious situation of single banks shouldn't be able to threaten the stability of the financial system," German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble said. The Wall Street Journal (2/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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