IL Sen: Giannoulias Supports Brown-Kaufman, Higher Capital Requirements

By: Friday July 30, 2010 3:00 pm

enate candidate Alexi Giannoulias (D-IL) has come out expressing support of a measure mandating big bank break-up, albeit with an emphasis elsewhere.


FinReg’s Final Day: Volcker Rule, Derivatives Section Still in Flux

By: Thursday June 24, 2010 6:50 am

An odyssey that started back in December in the House could finally culminate today, with the finishing touches put on the Wall Street reform bill as the conference committee winds up its work. With so many consequential issues still yet to be fully decided, it’s hard to know how to judge that finished product.

DeLauro, Speier, Stupak Assemble Pro-Reform Letter As FinReg Reaches Critical Stage

By: Wednesday June 23, 2010 5:00 pm

I’ve been telling you about the critical concessions in the last days of the FinReg conference committee. Let’s step back a second. This bill won’t end too big to fail. It won’t protect the country to enough of a degree in the event of the next crisis. But it could do some positive things that would head in that direction. It could balance the relationship between the country and the oligopoly of giant, unaccountable banks. It could give consumers a fighting chance to protect themselves from getting screwed repeatedly. And as a financial reform bill, it’s a pretty solid anti-predatory lending bill. Heck, I’d cleave those pieces off, support it as a standalone, and hail a good progressive victory.

Fierce Banking Reform Advocate Blanche Lincoln Seeks Exemption for Walton Family-Owned Bank

By: Wednesday June 23, 2010 2:45 pm

In a statement, Lincoln’s spokeswoman said she wanted to make sure “no Arkansas bank—no matter its owner—is punished”. Why does raising capital requirements constitute punishment? Aren’t Arkansas families punished when leverage goes up and risk enters the system and banks fail, rippling through the economy and causing the kind of deep recession we saw in the 2008 period? Lincoln’s claim that she just wants to protect local banks that didn’t destroy the economy – ridiculous on its face, because the market for riskier securities could easily flow down to banks with looser regulatory requirements – doesn’t match her actions.

Black Tuesday: FinReg Goodies Handed Out to One Industry After Another

By: Wednesday June 23, 2010 7:05 am

Yesterday was a singularly unimpressive day at the Wall Street reform conference committee, with concessions and industry giveaways galore.

Key FinReg Components Under Threat

By: Sunday June 13, 2010 7:30 am

All four key areas identified by Mike Konczal of the Roosevelt Institute are under attack from the finance lobby. All four are crucial to get us closer to a safe and working banking system. Negotiations continue throughout the weekend.

NYT’s Nocera: FinReg Won’t Touch Wall Street

By: Sunday June 6, 2010 7:15 am

Though the New York Times’ Joe Nocera may be off on point on changes to credit rating agencies, the overall thrust of his article is quite correct. Nocera, like many reformers, is a structuralist, believing that the very structure of Wall Street is at issue, not the way it gets regulated. And therefore, he would naturally look at what passed the Senate and say that it comes up far short.

Top Lobbyist on Wall Street Reform Happens to Be the White House

By: Saturday May 29, 2010 6:00 pm

It’s clear who has driven the process of more discretion for the regulators, less hard constraints on the banks and the elimination of anything that would actually alter the way Wall Street does business — the White House and the Treasury Department.

Sen. Kaufman Lays Out FinReg Conference Game Plan

By: Thursday May 27, 2010 6:30 am

Barney Frank announced his conferees for the Wall Street reform bill Wednesday, and he made the important point that the focus on the specific names is a little misplaced. The views of the leadership, and the White House, and what can garner the requisite votes, will factor into the ultimate decisions as much as the specific conferees involved. Frank called his conferees “the agents of collective decision-making than autonomous deciders.”

Conference Matters: What to Expect in the FinReg Negotiations

By: Friday May 21, 2010 8:50 am

With both houses of Congress now having passed a Wall Street reform bill, the action now moves to the conference committee. There, House and Senate negotiators will work to finalize a bill with new regulations for the financial services industry, and report back for a final Congressional vote. Here’s a run-down of items in contention.

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