Congress moved a step closer to relaxing the wave of crisis-era restrictions placed on the banking industry, with Senate approval of a bipartisan plan to ease rules for small and midsize banks.
- The Surprisingly Large Winners in a Bill to Help Small Banks – Wall Street Journal (subscription)
- Nine Controversial Provisions in Dodd-Frank Reform Bill – American Banker
The dollar continued to edge lower amid negative sentiment in foreign exchange markets over the potential for a global trade war.
- Dollar Falls vs Yen on Global Trade Tensions; Norwegian Crown Jumps – Reuters
- US Dollar Edges Lower – Wall Street Journal (subscription)
Goldman Sachs said it continues to expect broad weakness in the US dollar and outperformance by emerging market currencies in 2018 amid investors’ concerns about escalating trade tension.
The scandal embroiling Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s administration may be more serious than some investors realize, raising the potential for a rapid move in Japanese markets to discount the potential for a surprise end to the champions of Abenomics.
The South African Reserve Bank (SARB) has announced the establishment of the South African Foreign Exchange Committee (SAFXC).
As part of what it terms a continuing effort to foster a productive, data-driven discussion about the nature of liquidity and liquidity provision, FIA PTG has released a white paper entitled Liquidity in Today’s Markets that seeks to promote principles that it says are fundamental to healthy, liquid markets.
Tensions between the US and European Union over the supervision of clearinghouses boiled over publicly, with top regulators trading barbs and recriminations at an industry conference.
Wall Street’s main regulator has a new worry in its race to keep tabs on the cryptocurrency craze: hedge funds.
A major bitcoin exchange has struck a banking relationship with Barclays, a move that marks a break in the ranks of UK lenders who have been shunning the cryptocurrency industry as it comes under growing scrutiny from regulators.
A class action has been launched against an unnamed group of traders who allegedly manipulate the settlement price for Vix contracts.
That was the message from the US derivatives industry when it voted “easy money and excessive leverage” as the primary cause of the 2008 financial crisis, placing “excess OTC derivatives” in last place among four choices.
Since the bailout of Bear Stearns a decade ago this week and the failure of Lehman Brothers six months later, regulators have made it their mission to prevent a repeat.
Randal Quarles, the Federal Reserve governor who supervises big banks, is being discussed in the Trump administration as a candidate to head the body that oversees international financial regulation, according to people familiar with the deliberations.
Lawrence Kudlow, a conservative economic commentator whose career included jobs in the White House, Wall Street, radio and business television, will become one of President Donald Trump’s top economic advisers as director of the National Economic Council.
European regulator warns approved publication arrangements could be breaking the rules.
The Financial Conduct Authority must fight “any sort of regulatory race to lower standards” ahead of the UK’s impending exit from the European Union, according to its outgoing chairman.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., introduced a bill that would create a permanent law enforcement unit to investigate potential criminal activity at large financial institutions.
The EU has rules to guard against money laundering, but members must ensure the law is enforced.
Digital currencies are ‘here to stay,’ Cboe’s president says.
GMEX Technologies has announced that the Blockchain Board of Derivatives (BBOD) will be the latest exchange to implement the firm’s Fusion product, an integrated, centralised and distributed exchange platform solution.
- A Trading Technology Firm Has Built a Wall Street-Grade Platform for Cryptocurrency – Business Insider
- Google Bans Cryptocurrency Advertising – Financial Times (subscription)
The Norwegian krone has hit its highest point of the year after the country’s central bank indicated that it is preparing for an earlier rise in rates than previously anticipated.
Bitcoin slipped to a five-week low that also marked a drop of nearly a quarter in the cryptocurrency’s value during the first two weeks of March.
In a statement, the Swiss National Bank indicated that its customary aversion to excess currency strength would remain in place.