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Financial Regulation 2016

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Hong Kong regulator to begin review of data privacy laws

HONG KONG Hong Kong will begin a review of its data privacy rules over the next 18 months, with a view to potentially updating them in line with technological developments and changes in European regulation, the territory's privacy regulator said.

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Blockchain sends banking regulators back to basics

LONDON/HONG KONG The 'fintech' sector hoping to revolutionize finance with the adoption of blockchain, or distributed ledger technology, is forcing global financial regulators to start looking at whether they need to change the rules governing markets and banking.

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New rules and stewardship codes seen boosting Asian corporate governance

HONG KONG Asia has seen vast improvement in corporate governance over the past two years as regulators and securities exchanges tighten rules to boost company performance, raise investor confidence and guard their reputations.

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U.S. commodities regulator has lonely oil department

WASHINGTON The financial regulator charged with overseeing U.S. commodity markets has just one specialist examining oil trades.

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U.S. futures regulator targets cyber security, automated trading

WASHINGTON The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission plans to finalize rules on cyber security, automated trading and position limits this year, as it tidies up final requirements related to the Dodd-Frank financial reform law, its chairman said on Thursday.

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EU's smaller banks may skip 'bail-in' requirements: SRB's Koenig

BRUSSELS/LONDON Smaller euro zone banks may not need to hold bonds that can be wiped out to plug losses in a crisis, the head of the body responsible for resolving failed banks told Reuters.

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BlackRock sees big challenges for investors, boards on cyber risks

HONG KONG Investors are facing major challenges in assessing cyber security risks because companies are wary of disclosing breaches fearing they could make them more vulnerable, according to BlackRock's head of investment stewardship for Asia Pacific.

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HKEX considering broader rules on reverse takeovers

HONG KONG Hong Kong's stock exchange may implement stricter rules to prevent companies sidestepping scrutiny of reverse takeovers (RTOs) and backdoor listings as part of a broad review of listing rules in the city, a top bourse official said.

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SGX seeks timely disclosure from companies under market scrutiny

SINGAPORE Singapore wants listed companies that are the target of anonymous research reports or short-sellers to quickly disclose information in order to address investor concerns, a senior official of the Singapore Exchange (SGX) said.

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U.S. watchdog probes financial regulatory structure

WASHINGTON A federal watchdog agency is examining whether financial regulators are doing enough to collaborate and share information to prevent another economic crisis, a senior agency official told Reuters on Wednesday.

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Credit risks persist, especially in energy: U.S. monitor

WASHINGTON Credit risks continue to mount in the U.S. financial system, even in the energy sector which recently saw some improvement, the head of the agency focused on the country's financial stability said on Wednesday.

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