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Joint Letter: Open Letter to Acosta Urging Strong Fiduciary Rule Without Delay
May 19, 2017 – 11:34 am

In the face of supporting evidence described above, in addition to harming retirement savers, the Department would be exposing itself to significant legal risk to change course and further delay the Rule now.

Letter to Congress: Americans for Financial Reform opposes five bills before HSGAC
May 16, 2017 – 8:29 pm

“…These bills would further complicate, confuse, and delay the regulatory process; further advantage regulated industries over the public interest; and make it impossible for regulators to act effectively against Wall Street recklessness and abuse of consumers.”

Joint Statement: Over 400,000 Call on Congress to Defend the CFPB
May 10, 2017 – 9:00 am
Joint Statement: Over 400,000 Call on Congress to Defend the CFPB

Today, a coalition of organizations representing workers, students, consumers, and borrowers delivered a petition with over 400,000 signatures calling on Congress to defend the crucial work of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

AFR Statement: House Committee Approves Gift to Wall Street and Predatory Lenders
May 4, 2017 – 12:17 pm

The committee has passed a bill that would give Wall Street and assorted predatory lenders a free hand to abuse consumers and investors, and would increase the likelihood of another financial crisis. If it became law it would make life harder for American families and for small businesses of all types.

AFR Statement: On Confirmation of Jay Clayton to Run SEC
May 2, 2017 – 6:24 pm

“We are seriously concerned about what Jay Clayton’s leadership will mean for investors and the economy. His longtime client, Goldman Sachs, played a central role in the devastating financial crisis of 2008 and has a long record of questionable market behavior. Clayton himself has numerous direct personal conflicts of interest.”

Letter to Regulators: AFR Calls on CFTC to Forcefully Regulate High-speed Automated Trading
May 2, 2017 – 11:28 am

“…We urged the Commission to be more aggressive in laying out structural reforms to the markets and more specific limits on dangerous automated trading practices. The current Supplemental NPRM does not change our basic assessment, as it maintains the basic framework of the 2015 NPRM, with no movement toward additional specificity in risk limits or risk control requirements or reduced discretion for market actors in designing and implementing risk controls…

AFR Statement: Oppose Hensarling’s Bid to Dismantle Wall Street Reform and CFPB
May 2, 2017 – 9:21 am

The committee, with the backing of the Trump administration, is gearing up to pass a bill that would give Wall Street and assorted predatory lenders a free hand to abuse consumers and investors, and raise the likelihood of another financial crisis. Congress should be looking for ways to enforce the rules on Wall Street, not reward their army of lobbyists.

Letter to Congress: 79 Organizations Urge Opposition to the CHOICE Act
April 27, 2017 – 12:12 pm

“…This legislation would be better dubbed ‘Wall Street’s CHOICE Act’, as it would have a devastating effect on the capacity of regulators to protect the public interest and defend consumers and investors from Wall Street wrongdoing… This nearly 600-page bill is a radical piece of legislation…”