RATING AGENCIES - U.S. UNDER PRESSURE

RATING AGENCIES - U.S. UNDER PRESSURE

Pressure from Congress in the wake of the global financial crisis led the SEC to expedite its lethargic and opaque process of registering rating agencies. As a result there are now 10 Nationally Recognized Statistical Ratings Organizations (NRSROs).

US EX-IM BANK FACES AN UNCERTAIN FUTURE

US EX-IM BANK FACES AN UNCERTAIN FUTURE

UNITED STATES
In its 2013 report to Congress, the Export-Import Bank of the United States says that its “overriding mission is to create and sustain American jobs by supporting US exports.” But that very mission is under threat, with House Financial Services Committee chairman Jeb Hensarling, among others, seeking to abolish the bank.

EUROPEAN STRESS TESTS MAY STILL BE TOO SOFT ON BANKS

EUROPEAN STRESS TESTS MAY STILL BE TOO SOFT ON BANKS

Upcoming stress tests for Europe’s 124 largest banks will have more credibility than they had previously, but some analysts argue that banks may need far more capital than regulators demand to withstand a crisis. And any hoped-for international standardization in terms of stress testing is out the window as there is little comparability between the upcoming European and recently completed US bank tests.