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AFR Event: Hedge Funds & Private Equity – Transferring Wealth Upwards

“Do private funds drive positive change and improve efficiency? Or do they drive short-termism, job losses and systemic risk in our markets? Regulators have only just begun to shine a light on these funds, revealing a host of problems and raising many more questions about their operations. “

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AFR Event: How the Other Half Banks

“Join Senator Sherrod Brown, Senator Elizabeth Warren, and Mehrsa Baradaran, Associate Professor at the University of Georgia School of Law, for a discussion of her new book, How the Other Half Banks: Exclusion, Exploitation, and the Threat to Democracy, and its implications for addressing American inequality. Baradaran’s book explores how American banks fail to serve nearly half of Americans, the abandoned public mission of banking, and the reality of banking inequality in the US.”

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AFR Event: Can Regulators End Too Big To Fail? A Discussion of Dodd-Frank Resolution Planning

“Wall Street remains dominated by giant banks that have only grown larger since the 2008 financial crisis. The existence of these ‘too big to fail’ banks can distort markets and presents a risk to the public that may once again be called on to bail them out. Section 165 of the Dodd-Frank Act takes on this problem by requiring banks to submit resolution plans which demonstrate that they are not ‘too big to fail’ – that in case of failure they can be resolved through a conventional bankruptcy process. If they cannot demonstrate this, regulators must require banks to simplify and downsize their operations.”

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AFR Event: Can Regulators End Too Big To Fail? A Discussion of Dodd-Frank Resolution Planning

“Wall Street remains dominated by giant banks that have only grown larger since the 2008 financial crisis. The existence of these ‘too big to fail’ banks can distort markets and presents a risk to the public that may once again be called on to bail them out. Section 165 of the Dodd-Frank Act takes on this problem by requiring banks to submit resolution plans which demonstrate that they are not ‘too big to fail’ – that in case of failure they can be resolved through a conventional bankruptcy process. If they cannot demonstrate this, regulators must require banks to simplify and downsize their operations.”

Event: A Discussion on America’s Banking System

“The University of Georgia School of Law is sponsoring an important panel on America’s banking system at the National Press Club in Washington. Panelists Simon Johnson ( Ronald A. Kurtz [1954] Professor of Entrepreneurship at the MIT Sloan School of Management and author of 13 Bankers and White House Burning); Lisa Donner (Executive Director, Americans for Financial Reform) and Mehrsa Baradaran (Associate Professor of Law, University of Georgia, and author of the new book How the Other Half Banks) will be in conversation, moderated by David Dayen.”

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AFR Briefing: Bond Market Liquidity, Regulation, and the Public Interest

Recent months have seen increasing claims by some industry participants and their allies that new regulations are negatively impacting bond market liquidity in ways that may harm the economy. What is the truth of these claims? Is there in fact a serious problem with bond market liquidity? Are recent market events such as the October 15th Treasury market disruption related to new regulation, or to other market changes such as increases in electronic trading? How should regulators respond?

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AFR Briefing: Presentation to Senate Banking Staff on Regulation of Large Regional Banks

AFR organized a briefing for Senate Banking staff on the regulation of large regional banks and the potential risks to the financial system that could emerge if regulatory authority over these banks is significantly diminished. AFR Policy Director Marcus Stanley and Professor Heidi Schooner of the Catholic University School of Law presented at the briefing.

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Press Briefing: Senator Jeff Merkley Joins Barney Frank and Public-Interest Advocates in Decrying Dodd-Frank Rollback Threat

In a telephone press briefing, Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR) and former Representative Barney Frank, co-author of the landmark 2010 financial reform law, outlined the dangers of a House spending-bill provision that would repeal an important piece of the Dodd-Frank Act. They were joined by Damon A. Silvers, director of policy and special counsel for the AFL-CIO; Nancy Zirkin, executive vice president of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights; and Lisa Donner, executive director of Americans for Financial Reform.