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Are the CFPB and FTC Partners or Rivals?

Overlapping missions and jurisdictions are fueling competition between the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the Federal Trade Commission, according to former officials at both agencies.

Basel Move Makes the Case for 'Gold-Plating' Capital Standards

An international regulatory body said this week that they are looking at setting new, enhanced leverage ratio requirements for the largest global banks, a move that echoes the higher standards in the U.S.' supplemental leverage ratio and demonstrates why going beyond international accords can influence the rest of the world.

Why Credit Vigilance is Key for Structured Finance in 2016

With the best performance in U.S. structured finance behind us, credit vigilance is key in 2016, according to Kevin Duignan, a managing director at Fitch Ratings.

Financial Stability Threats on the Rise, Treasury Unit Warns

Increased leverage in the nonfinancial sector, banks reaching for yield in a persistently low-interest rate environment and emerging markets pose a growing threat to the system, according to a report issued Tuesday by the Office of Financial Research.

How Swap Margin Rules for ABS Could Up Borrowing Costs

A rule recently finalized by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. and other banking regulators would impose a margin-posting requirement for uncleared swaps, which are used to hedge interest rate risk in securitization.

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Fitch: External Factors Biggest Threat in 2014

Overall issuance growth will moderate in 2014, Fitch Ratings' managing director for asset backed securities says in the firm's outlook.

How Big Box Bankruptcies Would Impact CMBS

Direct exposure to either J.C. Penney or Sears is typically highest in seasoned deals where there are only a small number of loans remaining, and one is secured by a retail property.

No Exception to Risk Retention for CLOs

Risk-retention rules could thin the ranks of CLO managers; the industry was hoping for a workaround, but what it got is pretty much unworkable.

Risk Retention Rules May Shrink U.S. CLO Market

The U.S. market for collateralized loan obligations would shrink by 75% if proposed risk-retention rules are implemented, according to the Loan Syndication and Trading Association.

New Trade Group, Same Old Problem?

Longstanding tensions within the American Securitization Forum (ASF) boiled over in March, when most of its board of directors resigned and formed a new trade group.

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Why Florida May Be the Next Big Source of PACE Bonds

Property Assessed Clean Energy loans have been available in Florida since 2010, but lending, as well as securitization of these loans, has lagged far behind California largely due to a series of lawsuits. A ruling by the Florida Supreme Court in October could change that.

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