Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Geithner to Propose Regulatory Reform

by Bill McBride on 3/25/2009 11:41:00 PM

From the WaPo: Geithner to Propose Vast Expansion Of U.S. Oversight of Financial System

Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner plans to propose today a sweeping expansion of federal authority over the financial system ...

The Obama administration's plan ... would extend federal regulation for the first time to all trading in financial derivatives and to companies including large hedge funds and major insurers such as American International Group. The administration also will seek to impose uniform standards on all large financial firms, including banks, an unprecedented step that would place significant limits on the scope and risk of their activities.
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The administration's signature proposal is to vest a single federal agency with the power to police risk across the entire financial system. The agency would regulate the largest financial firms, including hedge funds and insurers not currently subject to federal regulation. It also would monitor financial markets for emergent dangers.

Geithner plans to call for legislation that would define which financial firms are sufficiently large and important to be subjected to this increased regulation. Those firms would be required to hold relatively more capital in their reserves against losses than smaller firms, to demonstrate that they have access to adequate funding to support their operations, and to maintain constantly updated assessments of their exposure to financial risk.
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The government also plans to push companies to pay employees based on their long-term performance, curtailing big paydays for short-term victories.
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Geithner is definitely busy ...