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November 11, 2011 - Following its bungled and abandoned attempt to scrap cheques, the UK Payments Council looks set to face new government-imposed regulations. In July, Britain's banks scrapped their plans to abolish cheques by 2018 after pressure from MPs, consumer groups and charities.

November 10, 2011 - Federal financial regulators are required to conduct a variety of regulatory analyses, but the requirements vary and none of the regulators are required to conduct benefit-cost analysis. All financial regulators must analyze the paperwork burden imposed by their rules and consider the impact of their rules on small entities as part of their rulemaking process. The Commodity Futures Trading Commission and the Securities and Exchange Commission are also required under their authorizing statutes to consider certain benefits and costs of their rules.

October 31, 2011 - The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) today approved a final rule requiring certain advisors to private funds that are dually registered with the CFTC and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to report information to the SEC for use by the Financial Stability Oversight Council (FSOC) in monitoring risks to the U.S. financial system. The SEC approved the joint rule on October 26, 2011.

October 21, 2011 - Data latency and incoming regulation are the two toughest technology challenges for banks, a survey has revealed. Sybase's research showed that an equal number of respondents believed that these concerns will take up the largest proportion of their firm's technology budget over the next three years.

November 8, 2011 - Governance protocols within the Bank of England (BoE) need to be reformed sooner rather than later in the aftermath of the global economic downturn. That is according to a new report published today (8 November) by MPs on the Treasury Committee, which has stated that the financial institution is currently controlled under outdated internal rules and regulations

October 28, 2011 - US watchdog Finra has been given a taste of its own medicine, scolded by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for allegedly doctoring documents before passing them on.

October 20, 2011 - Financial markets in Europe are set to undergo a fundamental overhaul, as the European Commission rolls out new rules and regulations covering every aspect of the trade lifecycle, from pre-and post-trade transparency, through to execution and clearing and settlement.

November 4, 2011 - Regulators should be granted significantly more powers when overseeing the activities of banks following the global economic downturn. That is according to Mervyn King, governor of the Bank of England (BoE), who has called for the government to respond to the issues that contributed to the recession in the banking industry by creating fresh rules.

October 27, 2011 - The Securities and Exchange Commission today ordered the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) to hire an independent consultant and undertake other remedial measures to improve its policies, procedures, and training for producing documents during SEC inspections.

October 19, 2011 - The European Commission is this week meeting to finalise the details of a new set of rules governing competition and transparency in the capital markets, with implications for high frequency traders, execution venues, clearing firms, and the over-the-counter markets.The updated guidance to the four-year old Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID) has been the subject of much political jousting and lobbying, with the Commission inviting more input from the buy side and taking a tougher stance on risk management and post-trade transparency.

November 3, 2011 - Big banks and card schemes are among a list of 26 companies that are working with the UK government on the creation of a new personal identity system for consumers transacting online.

October 26, 2011 - The federal government invests heavily in information technology (IT). In recent years, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has made efforts to improve the transparency, oversight, and management of the federal government's IT investments.

October 19, 2011 - Events surrounding the 2007 financial crisis raised questions about the governance of the 12 Federal Reserve Banks (Reserve Banks), particularly the boards of directors' roles in activities related to supervision and regulation. The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act required GAO to review the governance of the Reserve Banks.

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