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EU trade pact could weaken Ottawa’s power to regulate banks
Under CETA, the scope for foreign banks to launch investor-state challenges is much broader than in Canada’s other major pact of this type: the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).
Irish regulator: put derivatives on TTIP agenda
The Central Bank of Ireland’s markets director believes TTIP is the ideal forum to iron out differences over substituted compliance and establish agreement on monitoring and data collection systems
FTA opens up Japan’s $5 trillion market
The financial services industry appears to be a winner under the landmark free trade agreement negotiated between the Abbott government and Japan.
TTIP won’t let big banks wriggle out of regulations, EU negotiators insist
The European Commission denies that it is using the negotiations over the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership to weaken financial regulation for the benefit of financial institutions.
EU and US insurers support including financial services market access and regulatory cooperation in TTIP
Insurance Europe, the American Insurance Association and the American Council of Life Insurers have issued a statement supporting the inclusion of market access and regulatory cooperation in financial services in TTIP.
Wikileaks releases secret Trade in Services Agreement (TISA) - Financial Services Annex
Today, WikiLeaks released the secret draft text for the Trade in Services Agreement (TISA) Financial Services Annex, which covers 50 countries and 68.2%1 of world trade in services.
EU pushes US to include financial regulation in free trade deal
A top European Union (EU) official on Friday continued to push for the inclusion of financial regulation in a free trade agreement with the United States, saying it’s vital to ensure global financial stability.
Finance Watch says there is no proven case for including financial services in TTIP
TTIP risks ‘race to the bottom’ in financial services regulation says Finance Watch, the independent public interest group working to make finance serve society.
Give and take in the EU-US trade deal? Sure. We give, the corporations take
George Monbiot asks why businesses have got more access to the negociations than citizens and their representative organisations have and sets down some challenges to the architects of TTIP.
Lessons from Vodafone tax case: Govt to rewrite BIPA to exclude taxation, intellectual property right issues
India has readied a new draft to negotiate bilateral investment treaties in the future, keeping taxation and intellectual property right issues out of its ambit
Obama admin’s TPP trade officials received hefty bonuses from big banks
Officials tapped by the Obama administration to lead the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade negotiations have received multimillion dollar bonuses from CitiGroup and Bank of America, financial disclosures obtained by Republic Report show.
Brussels wants finance rules back in US trade pact
The EU is seeking to include financial regulation in a sweeping trade pact with the US, arguing that leaving it out of any deal would represent a threat to global financial stability.
TTIP: European Commission publishes EU negotiating position on financial services
The European Commission publishes today a non-paper clarifying its objectives for financial services in the negotiations for a Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).
TTIP threatens financial reform and the public interest
The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership treaty will open markets to foreign services and foreign direct investment in the financial sector. It intends to limit financial sector regulations because they are considered as barriers to trade, reports SOMO.
Derivatives dispute harming EU-US free-trade talks
Ambitious plans for an EU-US free-trade agreement may be put in jeopardy by Washington’s failure to finalise a deal coordinating rules in the $630 trillion derivatives market, the EU’s financial markets chief has warned.
Chile and Canada upgrade FTA to include financial services
Chilean and Canadian officials announced the expansion of their existing free trade agreement Monday. Among other changes, the agreement now includes a chapter which extends free trade rights to the financial services sector.
Free trade: Bilateral and multilateral negotiations dangerous for financial regulation and taxation
Financial services — both in terms of market access and how they are regulated — are a critical issue in the EU-US FTA (TTIP) talks. Analysis from WEED and SOMO.
To free up US banks from Fed and Dodd-Frank suffocation, how about Financial Free Zones?
Emerging economies like the UAE have introduced a financial market innovation that could be transplanted to the US and implemented through BITs and FTAs: financial free zones.