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Governance

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 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.

October 14, 2011 - A rash of cyber security breaches at U.S. public companies and an outcry from federal lawmakers has prompted U.S. securities regulators to issue guidance for when companies must disclose cyber attacks to investors.

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.

October 13, 2011 - The Securities and Exchange Commission today sanctioned two electronic stock exchanges and a broker-dealer owned by Direct Edge Holdings LLC for violations of U.S. securities laws arising out of weak internal controls that resulted in millions of dollars in trading losses and a systems outage.

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.

October 17, 2011 - The federal government invests billions in information technology (IT) each year to help agencies accomplish their missions. Federal law, particularly the Clinger-Cohen Act of 1996, has defined the role of Chief Information Officer (CIO) as the focal point for IT management within agencies.

October 11, 2011 - Thomson Reuters today announced the results of a survey on the impact of managing risk and compliance in response to new regulations. The survey, carried out during a Thomson Reuters Forum held in September, polled over 90 members of the buy-side trading community on the need for hedge fund managers to establish institutional quality compliance programs to attract investors.

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.

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