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Fed’s Dudley Failed to Disclose Sibling Worked at Wells Fargo

  • Outside law firm found no evidence of preferential treatment
  • Ten-year mistake came to light after Hogg quit Bank of England

Federal Reserve Bank of New York President William Dudley was investigated and cleared by an outside law firm for failing to disclose his half-sister’s position as an executive at Wells Fargo & Co., according to an annual disclosure filing.

The omission was deemed to be unintentional, according to the documents. Dudley notified compliance officials and board members at the New York Fed when he realized his error in April, who in turn brought in the law firm to conduct an independent investigation, according to a note with the filing, which was posted on the district bank’s website.

Attorneys at Jenner & Block LLP in New York reviewed thousands of documents including personal emails and text messages and interviewed more than 20 people inside and outside the New York Fed as part of its investigation, according to the firm’s report, which was also attached to the filing.

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Deregulating banks is a very bad idea, Fed chair says

Not so fast.

That was the message Friday from Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen, who warned about rolling back post-financial crisis banking reforms. Her remarks, delivered at a conference for central bankers and other business bigwigs in Jackson Hole, Wyo., flew in the face of the Trump White House’s stated intention to restore a more freewheeling approach to Wall Street oversight.

“A decade has passed since the beginnings of a global financial crisis that resulted in the most severe financial panic and largest contraction in economic activity in the United States since the Great Depression,” Yellen said. “Already, for some, memories of this experience may be fading–memories of just how costly the financial crisis was and of why certain steps were taken in response.”

She later added: “The evidence shows that reforms since the crisis have made the financial system substantially safer.”

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Sen. Warren calls on Federal Reserve to boot 12 Wells Fargo board members over fake accounts

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The fallout from Wells Fargo’s fake accounts scandal has been rightfully significant, but if Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., has her way, the fallout will extend to a place it’s barely touched so far – Wells Fargo’s boardroom.

Back in September, the bank was fined $150 million by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, and the city and county of Los Angeles for more than 5,000 of the bank’s former employees opening as many as 2 million fake accounts in order to get sales bonuses.

At the time, the bank said that those 5,000+ employees had already been let go. But since then, the bank agreed to pay at least $142 million to the affected customers, several states and cities cut off their business dealings with the bank, the bank’s CEO and a number of senior executives stepped down, and more executives were terminated by the bank.

But, in Warren’s eyes, all those responsible for the bank’s actions have not yet been held accountable.

On Monday, Warren sent a letter to the Federal Reserve Board of Governors, asking the Fed to remove all 12 of Wells Fargo’s board members who served on the board from 2011 through 2015, the time period that the fake account scandal took place.

Wells Fargo’s board has 15 members, 12 of which were on the board during when the scandal took place.
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Federal Reserve Board announces $41 million penalty and consent cease and desist order against Deutsche Bank AG

The Federal Reserve Board on Tuesday announced a $41 million penalty and consent cease and desist order against the U.S. operations of Deutsche Bank AG for anti-money laundering deficiencies.

The actions were taken by the Board to address unsafe and unsound practices at the firm’s domestic banking operations. The Board identified failures by Deutsche Bank’s U.S. banking operations to maintain an effective program to comply with the Bank Secrecy Act and anti-money laundering laws.

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Deutsche Bank Is First Bank Busted for Breaking Volcker Rule

Deutsche Bank AG was hit with the Federal Reserve’s first major fine for failing to ensure traders abide by the Volcker Rule’s ban on risky market bets — and will also pay even more for letting currency desks chat online with competitors, allegedly revealing positions.

The simultaneous sanctions, totaling almost $157 million, fault lax oversight of traders that persisted into last year. The company — which raised $8.5 billion from investors this month to recapitalize — admitted to the Fed in March 2016 that it still lacked adequate systems for keeping tabs on dealings that might run afoul of the Volcker ban.

“Significant gaps existed across key aspects of Deutsche Bank’s Volcker Rule compliance program,” the Fed said Thursday, fining the firm $19.7 million for the lapses. As for chats, the bank failed to detect that currency traders engaged in “unsafe and unsound conduct,” disclosing some positions or talking about coordinating strategies, the Fed said. The company will pay $136.9 million for that.

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Donald Trump Expected to Pick Shadow Banker for Key Position at the Fed

The swamp expands…

THE FEDERAL RESERVE’S vice chair for supervision is arguably the most important financial regulator in the federal government. No agency has greater oversight responsibility of U.S. financial institutions than the Fed. And the vice chair influences what kinds of trades those institutions can make, how they must prepare for unexpected losses, and what punishment to mete out when banks fail to uphold the law.

Hedge funds and private equity firms are sometimes called “shadow banks” because they exist outside the regulatory perimeter, even though they engage in bank-like lending and investment activities.

They want to keep it that way. And President Trump’s expected nominationof Randal Quarles to the vice chair’s role is about as close a guarantee as the shadow banking sector can get that the feds won’t be bothering them any time soon.

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A Federal Reserve Bank Ignored Insider Trading Investigation When Re-Appointing Its President

NEW DOCUMENTS OBTAINED by a Federal Reserve watchdog group suggest that the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond’s board of directors may have known that its president was under federal investigation when the board re-appointed him to a new term.

That president, Jeffrey Lacker, resigned his position this week after acknowledging his role in a leak of nonpublic information about Fed policy to an analyst for hedge fund and asset manager clients. The situation highlights the often cozy relationship between central bankers and Wall Street.

In a carefully worded announcement submitted by his attorney Tuesday, Lacker admitted to an October 2012 phone conversation with Medley Global Advisors analyst Regina Schleiger, where she described Fed deliberations over purchasing $45 billion of U.S. Treasury bonds per month as part of their quantitative easing program. Lacker did not deny this, or report Schleiger’s possession of confidential information to Fed staff. In his statement Lacker said, “I realized that my failure to decline comment on the information could have been taken … as an acknowledgment or confirmation of the information.”

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