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Korea's Act on the Protection of Virtual Asset Users to Take Effect from 7/19: "those who are found to have engaged in unfair trading activities may be subject to criminal punishment or penalty surcharge."

Korea's Act on the Protection of Virtual Asset Users to Take Effect from 7/19: "those who are found to have engaged in unfair trading activities may be subject to criminal punishment or penalty surcharge."

Korea's new Act on the Protection of Virtual Asset Users comes into force on July 19, 2024, marking a significant step in safeguarding users and regulating virtual asset service providers (VASPs). This follows a revision in March 2021, which required VASPs to register with financial authorities and introduced
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The SEC awards more than $37 million to a Whistleblower

Whistleblower Alert! The SEC awards more than $37 million to a Whistleblower--meaning the fine levied ranged between $123,333,333-$370,000,000 million.

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has announced a substantial award of more than $37 million to a whistleblower whose information played a crucial role in a successful enforcement action. The whistleblower provided previously unknown details, met with Enforcement staff, and identified potential witnesses and documents, significantly conserving staff time
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IMF: Services price inflation is holding up progress on disinflation

IMF: "Services price inflation is holding up progress on disinflation, which is complicating monetary policy normalization. Upside risks to inflation have thus increased, raising the prospect of higher-for-even-longer interest rates"

The International Monetary Fund said Tuesday in its World Economic Outlook Update that global growth remains on track with the April 2024 World Economic Outlook (WEO) forecast, projected at 3.2% in 2024 and 3.3% in 2025. However, persistent services price inflation is complicating disinflation efforts and in turn,
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Members of the public may have received a message indicating submissions unable to be completed.

Due to a now resolved technical error, members of the public who sought to submit an online comment to the SEC website from 5/30 - 6/26 2024, may have received a message indicating submissions unable to be completed.

Due to a technological error, individuals attempting to submit comments to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) via the online comment form on the SEC website between May 30 and June 26, 2024, may have encountered difficulties completing their submissions. The issue, which has since been resolved, affected forms used
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185 banks with $524 billion of assets had unrealized securities losses that exceeded their shareholdersโ€™ equity

Office of Financial Research: "As of Q4 2023, 185 banks with $524 billion of assets had unrealized securities losses that exceeded their shareholdersโ€™ equity."

The 2023 bank failures revealed banks' vulnerability to unrealized securities losses and rapid uninsured deposit withdrawals. Despite this, many banks still hold significant unrealized securities losses and uninsured deposits at risk of major commercial real estate (CRE) loan losses. This analysis from the Office of Financial Research (OFR) identifies
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Fed Chair Jerome Powell

Fed Chair Powell: "we do not expect it will be appropriate to reduce the target range for the federal funds rate until we have gained greater confidence that inflation is moving sustainably toward 2 percent."

Today in testimony before the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, Fed Chair Jerome Powell provided a comprehensive overview of the current economic situation and the Fed's monetary policy actions. Powell noted that recent indicators suggest solid economic expansion, with gross domestic product growth
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"We benefit in all of our work from robust public input regarding proposed rule changes."

SEC Chair Gary Gensler from his statement on the Spring 2024 Regulatory Agenda: "We benefit in all of our work from robust public input regarding proposed rule changes."

The Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs released the Spring Unified Agenda of Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions, which includes contributions related to the Securities and Exchange Commission and short- and long-term regulatory actions that administrative agencies plan to take. Statement from SEC Chair Gary Gensler: "In every generation since
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U.S. Revolving credit (credit cards) grew by $7.02 billion (+6.3%) in May.

U.S. Revolving credit (credit cards) grew by $7.02 billion (+6.3%) in May to $1.345 trillion, up from $1.338 trillion recorded in April. Consumer Credit and Credit Card use continues to outpace the Fed's 2% inflation goal!

In May, consumer credit increased at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 2.7 percent to $5.064 trillion. Revolving credit increased at an annual rate of 6.3 percent to $1.345 trillion, while nonrevolving credit increased at an annual rate of 1.4 percent to $3.718 trillion.
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June saw an unprecedented spike in US corporate bankruptcy filings.

June saw an unprecedented spike in US corporate bankruptcy filings, the highest recorded in a single month since 2020, and outpacing half-year data from the past ten years.

June witnessed an unprecedented increase in US corporate bankruptcy filings, marking the highest number recorded in a single month since early 2020 and surpassing half-year totals not seen in over a decade. According to S&P Global Market Intelligence, there were 75 new corporate bankruptcy filings in June. This
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Credit Suisse engaged in naked short sales

Korea's SFC Imposes Penalty Surcharges on Global Investment Banks for Violating Short Sale Regulations. Credit Suisse engaged in naked short sales in the amount of about KRW60.33 billion (162,365 shares on 20 stock items).

The Securities and Futures Commission, a sub-commission within the Financial Services Commission responsible for overseeing the securities and futures markets, held the thirteenth regular meeting on July 3 and decided to impose penalty surcharges amounting to KRW27.173 billion in total on two former Credit Suisse affiliated investment banks for
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The FDIC determined that the Citigroup plan is not credible

The FDIC and Fed announce results of resolution plan review for largest and most complex banks and they identified weakness in the plans from Bank of America, Citigroup, Goldman Sachs, and JPMorgan Chase.

Today, the FDIC and Fed announced that, following their joint review of the July 2023 resolution plan submissions of the eight largest and most complex banks, they identified a weakness in the plans from Bank of America, Citigroup, Goldman Sachs, and JPMorgan Chase. The agencies did not identify any weaknesses
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This week the SEC has approved whistleblower awards totaling more than $5.1 million

Whistleblower Alert! This week the SEC has approved whistleblower awards totaling more than $6.3 million--meaning the fines levied from these tips ranged from $21-$63 million.

This week, the SEC awarded multiple whistleblower awards totaling more than $6.3 million. The Whistleblower Program was created by Congress to provide monetary incentives for individuals to come forward and report possible violations of federal securities laws to the SEC. Under the program, eligible whistleblowers are entitled to an
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