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Regulators can recover pay of failed-bank execs
Federal regulators will be able to take back two years of pay from executives held responsible for a large bank’s failure.
Executives deemed “negligent” and “substantially responsible” for a big bank’s failure can lose all of their compensation from the previous two years under a rule approved Wednesday by the board of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.
Banks objected to an earlier version of the rule, saying it would induce key executives to depart at the first sign of trouble rather than risking their compensation.
Acting Comptroller of the Currency John Walsh, who sits on the FDIC board and shared banks’ concerns, said he approves of the new standard.
The rule is part of the financial overhaul that Congress passed last summer. One section of the law creates an orderly way to shut down large, failing banks in order to prevent a crisis from spreading. The process aims to eliminate the category of banks deemed “too big to fail” because their collapse could endanger the broader financial system.
Under the new rules, a teetering financial company can be taken over by the government, broken apart, and sold off.
The FDIC is deciding how the proceeds of those sales should be divided among companies and people who are owed money by the failed bank.
PALO ALTO, Calif. — Facebook will integrate free Skype video chat into its service as it looks to solidify its role as a communications hub and drive back Google Inc.’s foray into online social networking.
The service, initially limited to one-to-one video chat, will be free. Financial details of the deal, if any, were not disclosed.
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