Daily Archives: October 29, 2017

California Extends Ban Against Wells Fargo Due to Scandals

Wells Fargo & Co. was barred by California’s treasurer from being hired for another year because of the bank’s fraudulent account scandal, leaving the company largely cut off from underwriting work with one of the nation’s biggest municipal-bond issuers.

Treasurer John Chiang on Monday said he decided to leave the sanctions in place against the San Francisco-based bank, whose reputation has suffered because of revelations employees opened bogus accounts in customers’ names to meet sales quotas. Chiang’s decision will prevent his office from hiring Wells Fargo as an underwriter or investment broker. The ban was imposed in September 2016 and was set to lapse after a year.

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Bank of America’s Merrill Lynch hit with $45.5 million fine by U.K. regulator


Bank of America’s Merrill Lynch has been hit with a £34.5 million ($45.5 million) fine by U.K. regulators for failing to report 68.5 million exchange traded derivative transactions between February 2014 and February 2016. The Financial Conduct Authority said Monday the reporting requirement was one of the “key reforms” introduced after the financial crisis to improve transparency. “There needs to be a line in the sand. We will continue to take appropriate action against any firm that fails to meet requirements,” said Mark Steward, FCA executive director of enforcement and market oversight, in a press release.