Financial Stability Oversight Council News

MetLife Designation as Systemically Important Expected Soon

A U.S. council of regulators is poised to label MetLife Inc. a potential threat to the financial system, subjecting the insurer to oversight by the Federal Reserve, two people with knowledge of the matter said. A decision by the Financial …

Treasury Chief Lew Backs Financial Regulators and Risk Designations

U.S. Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew pushed back against Republican efforts to curtail the work of a council of regulators charged with preventing another financial crisis and said a failure to examine potential risks could lead to “large-scale problems.” “If …

MetLife Unwavering in Battle Over Systemic Risk Rules

Steven Kandarian got MetLife Inc. out of banking to escape Federal Reserve oversight. Now, the insurer is fighting again to avoid the central bank’s reach. Kandarian, MetLife’s chief executive officer, has called regulatory uncertainty the primary challenge to meeting profit …

Republicans Fear U.S. ‘Surrender’ to International Group on Systemic Risk Designations

A group of Republican lawmakers demanded documents on Friday from U.S. regulators, voicing concerns that decisions about whether to designate large financial companies as systemically risky are unduly influenced by an international body. Senior members of the U.S. House of …

Critics Say Financial Stability Council’s Transparency Falls Short

The U.S. financial risk council adopted new transparency measures on Wednesday, after critics raised concerns the group was too secretive about its decision-making process. In a unanimous vote, the Financial Stability Oversight Council agreed to give the public seven days’ …

Regulators Reviewing Berkshire Hathaway for Systemic Risk

Regulators are starting to scrutinize Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc. to determine whether it is important enough to the financial system to require Federal Reserve supervision, according to two people with knowledge of the matter. The U.S. Financial Stability Oversight …

Chamber Calls for Stricter Rules on Systemic Risk Designations on Insurers

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is calling for rules that would make it more difficult for a group of regulators to subject financial companies to stricter oversight. A vote of three-quarters of the Financial Stability Oversight Council should be required …

Financial Stability Regulators Discuss Debt Limit, Government Shutdown

U.S. financial regulators discussed the federal debt ceiling and the effect of the government shutdown on market monitoring during a phone conversation on Tuesday, a Treasury Department spokesman said. The Financial Stability Oversight Council might meet again as Oct. 17 …

Vote on Prudential Systemic Risk Designation Was 7-2

Prudential Financial Inc., the second-largest U.S. life insurer, was designated systemically important in a 7-to-2 vote by a council of regulators charged with preventing another crisis. Edward DeMarco, acting director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency, and Roy Woodall, a …

Prudential Designated Systemically Risky, Subject to Federal Reserve Oversight

Insurer Prudential Financial Inc. said on Thursday that U.S. regulators had voted to designate the company as systemically risky, bringing it under stricter regulatory oversight. A group of regulators known as the Financial Stability Oversight Council had been weighing whether …