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Federal Reserve Bank of New York Releases Report on Organization of Global Banks

In early April, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York released a staff report entitled “Organizational Complexity and Balance Sheet Management in Global Banks,” which analyzes the evolution of banks from standalone...more

European Securities and Markets Authority Reviews Approach to Supervision of Suitability Requirements under MiFID

The European Securities and Markets Authority published a peer review report on compliance with the suitability requirements under the existing Markets in Financial Instruments Directive. The review assessed during the period...more

International Report on Cyber Security in Securities Markets

The International Organization of Securities Commissions published a report on cyber security in securities markets from an international perspective. The purpose of the report is to assist IOSCO members and market...more

Does racial bias by doctors hurt black patients’ ability to get adequate pain management?

The answer is “yes,” according to a new study which finds that medical students hold “fantastical” views about biological differences between blacks and whites, and this may result in blacks receiving less help in managing...more

Water Turning To Blood; Flies; Hail? How About Water-borne Illness, Extreme Weather, and Actual Plague?

Passover starts later this month. Just in time, the U.S. Global Change Research Program has given us an updated list of plagues. What’s fascinating is that the new list actually bears a certain similarity to the biblical...more

Medicare Proposal to Expand Coverage of Prediabetes

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 86 million adults, 22 million of those 65 or older, are prediabetic. Prediabetes, which increases the risk for heart disease, stroke, and diabetes, is a condition...more

New ‘Digest Of EEO Law’ Issued By EEOC

Includes Key Federal Sector Decisions, Special Article on Determining Status of Complainants in the EEO Process - WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) today announced the latest edition...more

Navigant’s Consulting’s Report on Residential Solar Misconstrues Value of Tax Attributes

Navigant Consulting on February 19 submitted a report, Solar Project Return Analysis for Third Party Owned Solar Systems, to the Arizona Public Service (APS). The thesis of the report is that residential solar developers are...more

UK Financial Regulatory Developments - March 2016 #18

FCA finalises CCA first charge mortgage rules - FCA has published its policy statement and final rules following its consultation (see FReD 13 November 2015) on the treatment of first charge mortgages that are regulated...more

US Office of Financial Research Publishes Working Paper on the Impact of Counterpart Defaults on the Banking System

The US Office of Financial Research (OFR) published a working paper using data on the credit default swap (CDS) market to assess the impact of a counterparty default on banks and the financial system as a whole. Using data...more

South Korea Publishes K-REACH Reporting Guidance

South Korea’s Ministry of Environment (MoE) has published guidance, available in English, on annual reporting for manufacturers and producers, in accordance the Act on the Registration and Evaluation of Chemicals (K-REACH)....more

UK Regulator Consults on Client Money Rules and the Special Administration Regime

The Financial Conduct Authority issued a discussion paper on client money rules (CASS 7) and the Special Administration Regime Review. The discussion paper is relevant to all regulated firms that hold client assets or money...more

UK Banking Standards Board Publishes First Annual Review Report

The Banking Standards Board published its first annual review report. The BSB was launched in April 2015 to help raise standards of behavior and competence in the banking sector. The report discusses the assessment exercise...more

The Internet of Things and the FTC – Don’t Be the Test Case

Kevin Ashton, an expert on digital innovation, stated 15 years ago that, “If we had computers that knew everything there was to know about things—using data they gathered without any help from us—we would be able to track and...more

French Ministry Publishes Report on Nanomaterial Registrations Received in 2015

The Ministry for the Environment, Energy, and the Sea has posted a report, available only in French, entitled Éléments issus des déclarations des substances à l’état nanoparticulaire: Rapport d’etude 2015. ...more

New ACA Guidance Warrants Another "Checkup" of Employer Health Plans

On December 16, 2015, the IRS issued Notice 2015-87 (the "Notice"), which provides "question-and-answer" guidance regarding how various Affordable Care Act (the "ACA") provisions apply to employer-provided group health plans....more

European Securities and Markets Authority Final Report on Possible Systematic Risk and Cost Implications of CCP Interoperability...

The European Securities and Markets Authority published a final report setting out possible systematic risk and cost implications of interoperability arrangements between central counterparties. The report focuses on the...more

US Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation Issues Report Summarizing Fourth Quarter Financial Results for FDIC-Insured Institutions

The US Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation issued the “Quarterly Banking Profile” which summarized financial results for the fourth quarter of 2015 for commercial banks and savings institutions insured by the FDIC. As a...more

EU Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs Publishes Reports in Relation to MiFID II

As discussed in our Corporate & Financial Weekly Digest edition of February 12, 2016, on February 10, the European Commission (the Commission) announced proposals to provide for a one-year extension to the application dates...more

OECD Publishes Reports on Physical-Chemical Properties and Categorization of Nanomaterials

The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) recently published the following reports: - Physical-chemical properties of nanomaterials: Evaluation of methods applied in the OECD-WPMN testing...more

UK Payment Systems Regulator Report into Banks and UK Payment Infrastructure

The Payment Systems Regulator published an interim report following its market review into bank ownership and payment infrastructure competitiveness in the UK. The PSR's motivation to conduct the review stems from its...more

FCC Releases 2016 Broadband Progress Report

According to the Federal Communications Commission, 90 percent of Americans have access to broadband Internet access service at the FCC’s benchmark speeds of 25 Mbps for downloads/3 Mbps for uploads. But the FCC also found...more

OECD Publishes Reports Concerning Nanomaterials

The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) has posted the following reports concerning nanomaterials: - Considerations for Using Dissolution as a Function of Surface Chemistry to Evaluate...more

Blog: UK Insurance Fraud Taskforce Produces Its Final Report

In January 2016 the Insurance Fraud Taskforce produced its final report into the serious issue of fraud in insurance, a problem which is reported to cost more than £3bn each year. The proposals made in the report are...more

Medicare Data Not Indicative of Overall Healthcare Spending Costs

In December 2015, a  research team at Carnegie Mellon published a paper titled “Examining the Variation in Health Spending and in Hospitals’ Transaction Prices” after receiving access to insurance claims data from Aetna,...more

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