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Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission holds field hearing in Miami, Florida

USA - September 21 2010 Today, the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission (FCIC) held the third in a series of four field hearings, entitled "The Impact of the Financial Crisis - Miami, Florida" to examine the role and impact of mortgage fraud in Miami.

SEC proposes new regulatory framework governing mutual fund distribution fees to replace Rule 12b-1

USA - August 30 2010 On July 21, 2010, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) voted unanimously to propose new rule and rule and form amendments under the Investment Company Act of 1940 (the "1940 Act"), the Securities Act of 1933 (the "Securities Act") and the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the "Exchange Act"), each as amended, regarding the regulation of distribution fees paid by registered open-end management investment companies, or mutual funds (the "Proposal").

David Baum

FSA publishes discussion paper on fundamental changes to trading activity regulation

United Kingdom - August 25 2010 Today, the U.K. Financial Services Authority (FSA) published a discussion paper entitled “The prudential regime for trading activities - a fundamental review” that considers fundamental changes to the regulation of trading activities.

Obama administration hosts Conference on the Future of Housing Finance

USA - August 18 2010 As previously announced, the Obama administration yesterday held a "Conference on the Future of Housing Finance" to receive input from a diverse group of experts, including citizen advocacy groups, economists, investors, market researchers, originators, securitizers, servicers, and private mortgage insurers, on critical issues surrounding housing finance reform.

Federal banking agencies issue report to congressional committees on differences in accounting and capital standards

USA - August 9 2010 Today, the federal banking agencies, including the OCC, Federal Reserve, FDIC and OTS issued their joint annual report to the House Financial Services Committee and the Senate Banking Committee describing the differences between the accounting and capital standards used by the agencies.