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December 6, 2013

By Michael Smallberg

Court to Consider Secret Regulation of Wall Street



FINRA The public has a right to know how the government polices the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), an industry-funded self-regulatory group, according to an amicus brief filed this week by POGO and its allies.

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Topics: Financial Sector

November 27, 2013

By Michael Smallberg

SEC Delays Revolving Door Restriction



Revolving Door Months ago, bowing to concern about regulators who leave government and then work their former colleagues on behalf of industry, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced that it was tightening restrictions on the revolving door. But a notice published in Monday’s edition of the Federal Register said that the Office of Government Ethics (OGE) was withdrawing the new rule at “the request of the SEC” so that the agency could have more time to “effectively educate affected employees before the exemption revocation takes effect.”

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Topics: Financial Sector

November 13, 2013

By Avery Kleinman

Obama Nominates CFTC Chairman with Corporate Ties



Timothy Massad Yesterday, President Obama nominated Timothy Massad, who currently works at the Treasury Department overseeing the government bailout, as chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC). But there is skepticism about Massad's priorities.

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Topics: Financial Sector

November 4, 2013

By Avery Kleinman

Budget Crunch May Force Financial Regulator to Forgo Investigations



Financial Oversight The Commodity Futures Trading Commissions is suffering from lack of resources, making proper industry oversight impossible, officials said last week.

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Topics: Financial Sector

October 22, 2013

By Avery Kleinman

JPMorgan Close to Record $13 Billion Settlement



Financial Oversight JP Morgan Chase is close to settling a $13 billion deal with the government over the company’s mortgage practices leading up to the financial crisis. The proposed settlement would be the largest amount of damages ever paid by a financial firm.

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Topics: Financial Sector

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