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Ponzi scheme

Madoff Ponzi effect influences investor due diligence

Wed, 30/06/2010 - 12:07

As a result of recent frauds and Ponzi schemes, a Madoff effect has developed, altering the nature and scope of investor due diligence, according to a study by Corgentum Consulting. »

Survey

IFA consultation into life settlement industry launched

Mon, 28/06/2010 - 10:47

The European Life Settlement Association has launched a retail market consultation into the practices and issues surrounding life settlements. »

Document signing

CFTC issues exemption to Bursa Malaysia Derivatives

Thu, 24/06/2010 - 06:05

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission has issued an order to Bursa Malaysia Derivatives permitting designated Bursa Malaysia members to solicit and accept orders and customer funds directly from US customers for trading on that exchange without having to register with the CFTC as futures commission merchants.  »

Kevin McNulty, chief executive of Isla

Isla urges European Commission to harmonise short selling regulation

Wed, 23/06/2010 - 16:04

The International Securities Lending Association is urging consistent and proportionate regulation for short selling, in response to a current European Commission consultation exercise. »

Peter Niven, chief executive of Guernsey Finance

Guernsey Finance welcomes tax consultation document

Wed, 23/06/2010 - 13:15

The Guernsey Government’s publication of a consultation document on its future corporate tax regime has been welcomed by the promotional agency for the island’s finance industry. »

Short selling

ASIC starts reporting of short positions

Wed, 23/06/2010 - 05:54

The Australian Securities & Investments Commission has started daily reporting of aggregated short positions, which will be published on the ASIC website. »

Gibraltar

Gibraltar ends distinction between onshore and offshore business

Sun, 20/06/2010 - 14:05

The government of Gibraltar has published the text of the new, amended and consolidated Income Tax Act, which ends all distinction between “onshore” and “offshore” business. »

Islamic

Islamic banking regulation to be implemented in Afghanistan

Fri, 18/06/2010 - 06:19

H.E. Abdul Qadir Fitrat, governor of the Central Bank Afghanistan, says the regulation of Islamic banking in Afghanistan should be implemented in the country within next two months. »

Fraud

SEC charges money manager and firm touting ties to Belgian royal family

Tue, 15/06/2010 - 16:04

The Securities and Exchange Commission has charged a New York-based money manager and his firm with fraud for touting investments he claimed were tied to the Chimay royal family of Belgium, and then stealing millions of dollars to pay his divorce lawyers and the mortgage on his house in the Hamptons. »

Barred

CFTC denies OCC rule amendment

Tue, 15/06/2010 - 10:39

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission has issued a notice of non-approval of a rule amendment submitted by the Options Clearing Corporation.  »

SFA chief executive Matthäus Den Otter

Implications of alternatives directive unclear, says Swiss Funds Association

Tue, 15/06/2010 - 06:15

The Swiss hedge fund industry is well positioned but the implications of the Directive on Alternative Investment Fund Managers are still unclear, the Swiss Funds Association says. »

Jane Diplock, chairman of Iosco's executive committee

Securities regulators adopt new principles and increase focus on systemic risk

Sun, 13/06/2010 - 14:24

The International Organization of Securities Commissions has published its revised Objectives and Principles of Securities Regulation to incorporate eight new principles, based on the lessons learned from the recent financial crisis and subsequent changes in the regulatory environment. »

Regulation books

CFTC proposes rule for co-location/proximity hosting services

Sun, 13/06/2010 - 11:58

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission has proposed a rule that specifies requirements for designated contract markets, derivatives transaction execution facilities and exempt commercial markets that list significant price discovery contracts and offer co-location and/or proximity hosting services to market participants.  »

Regulation

Fund managers face regulatory challenges, says Northern Trust

Thu, 10/06/2010 - 06:25

Northern Trust says that if investment managers are to navigate the intricacies of pending new European regulations they cannot look at each regulation in isolation. »

Gavel

FSA levies largest ever fine of GBP33.32m on JPMorgan Securities

Fri, 04/06/2010 - 06:04

The UK’s Financial Services Authority has fined JPMorgan Securities GBP33.32m for failing to protect client money by segregating it appropriately. »

Jonathan Rigby, group managing partner, Mourant Ozannes

Mourant Ozannes merger creates one of the largest offshore law firms

Wed, 02/06/2010 - 10:57

Ozannes and Mourant du Feu & Jeune, two offshore law firms, have merged to create Mourant Ozannes. »

Federal Court imposes USD1.4m civil penalty against David A Owen

Federal Court imposes USD1.4m civil penalty against David A Owen

Mon, 31/05/2010 - 14:07

The US Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) has obtained a USD1.4 million civil monetary penalty against David A Owen of Destin, Florida, in a commodity fraud action. »

Frozen funds

ASIC publishes information for investors in frozen funds

Wed, 26/05/2010 - 14:16

The Australian Securities and Investments Commission has published information to better inform investors in frozen funds about their rights in relation to the freezing of funds and to confirm which entities have received relief to assist in the redemption of funds. »

Regulation

Citi assists clients with new money market fund regulations

Wed, 26/05/2010 - 11:06

Citi’s investor services business is launching a range of services to help fund clients comply with new money market rules put forth by the Securities and Exchange Commission. »

Report

Iosco publishes principles on cross border supervisory cooperation

Tue, 25/05/2010 - 16:06

The International Organization of Securities Commissions has published a set of principles regarding cross-border supervisory cooperation developed by its technical committee’s task force on supervisory cooperation. »

Tick

LCH.Clearnet SA becomes recognised overseas clearing house

Tue, 25/05/2010 - 12:32

LCH.Clearnet SA has been granted recognised overseas clearing house status by the UK Financial Services Authority.  »

German flag

Germany’s measures on sovereign debt markets counterproductive, says Edhec

Sun, 23/05/2010 - 11:10

The Edhec-Risk Institute believes the unilateral measures taken by Chancellor Merkel on the sovereign debt markets, both on the short selling of sovereign bonds and credit default swaps, are counterproductive, inconsistent and liable to hinder European growth. »

Mary Schapiro, Chairman, Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)

SEC proposes stock-by-stock circuit breaker rule

Thu, 20/05/2010 - 11:57

In response to the market disruption of 6 May, the SEC and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) are proposing new rules under which they would pause trading in certain individual stocks if the price moves 10 per cent or more in a five-minute period. »

Andrew Baker, chief executive of Aima

Ecofin proposals on alternatives directive impractical, says Aima

Thu, 20/05/2010 - 10:43

The Alternative Investment Management Association says it is concerned that many of the proposals in the texts of the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive discussed by the European Parliament’s Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee and European finance ministers at the Ecofin meeting are impractical and unworkable. »

Law books and gavel

KPMG challenges ASIC's action for Westpoint investors

Wed, 19/05/2010 - 16:08

The Australian Securities and Investments Commission says it will vigorously defend the constitutional challenge that accounting firm KPMG has initiated in the High Court of Australia against the Commonwealth of Australia and ASIC. »

Market

NYSE Euronext welcomes SEC decision on single-stock circuit breakers

Wed, 19/05/2010 - 15:20

NYSE Euronext has welcomed the Securities and Exchange Commission’s move to gain the agreement of exchanges and trading venues on the implementation of industry-wide single-stock circuit breakers.  »

Magnifying glass

MEPs call for more transparency around hedge funds

Wed, 19/05/2010 - 06:10

The European Parliament’s Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee has adopted its position on the draft EU law regulating managers of alternative investment funds, including hedge funds. »

Strategic Life Settlement Fund receives regulatory approval

Strategic Life Settlement Fund receives regulatory approval

Tue, 18/05/2010 - 10:36

PCE Investors has received regulatory approval from the Irish Financial Regulator for The Strategic Life Settlement Fund, a limited liquidity investment company with variable capital incorporated with limited liability in Ireland. »

Robert Taylor, chief executive at Kleinwort Benson

FSA approves change of control at Kleinwort Benson

Tue, 18/05/2010 - 06:01

RHJ International has received approval from the Financial Services Authority to become the controller of the UK and Channel Islands private bank and wealth management group Kleinwort Benson.  »

Guernsey’s Chief Minister Lyndon Trott

Chief Minister reinforces Guernsey’s tax credentials in Washington

Fri, 14/05/2010 - 05:56

Guernsey’s Chief Minister Lyndon Trott has been reinforcing the island’s position as a leader in tax transparency during meetings with officials in Washington. »

features
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Tue, 16/06/2015 - 09:57

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Fri, 05/06/2015 - 12:06

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