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Report: Pirate Equity: How Wall Street Firms are Pillaging American Retail
July 25, 2019 – 3:56 pm
Report: Pirate Equity: How Wall Street Firms are Pillaging American Retail

New report revealing how in the last 10 years, a staggering 597,000 people working at retail companies owned by private equity firms and hedge funds have lost their jobs. An estimated additional 728,000 indirect jobs have been lost at suppliers and local businesses, meaning Wall Street’s gamble on retail has led to more than 1.3 million job losses in total.

Report: The Trump Administration, Wall Street, and the Next Recession
June 24, 2019 – 5:26 pm

This report discusses how the long-term trend to Wall Street-led growth has been harming the public, and some of the ways the Trump Administration is contributing to it. In particular, the report discusses how today’s deregulation of Wall Street will make the next recession worse and increase the likelihood of repeating the bailouts we saw in response to the 2008 crisis.

Fact Sheet: Continuing Threat of Private Equity Investment in Single Family Rentals
April 16, 2019 – 1:39 pm
Fact Sheet: Continuing Threat of Private Equity Investment in Single Family Rentals

Wall Street private equity funds are continuing to snap up homes to pad their expanding portfolio of rental properties. Institutional investors own nearly a quarter million single-family rental homes. Wall Street landlords often hike rents, avoid repairs, gouge tenants with fees, and are more likely to evict tenants.

AFR Report: Finance for a Fair Economy – Managing the Financial Cycle
March 28, 2019 – 5:00 am
AFR Report: Finance for a Fair Economy – Managing the Financial Cycle

The financial cycle is a concept developed by economists to understand the reasons why finance-driven growth can be self-defeating. Policymakers need to rebalance our response to recessions and financial crises to prevent any repetition of the experience of 2008-2009, in which benefits flowed to Wall Street, not ordinary Americans.

AFR-CEPR Research: Small Donations Show Growing Power of Grassroots Vs. Wall Street
March 6, 2019 – 7:00 am

New members of Congress demonstrated substantially less reliance on money from the financial services industry than incumbents who won re-election in 2018. First-term Democratic members of the House raised, on average, 17 percent of the money for their campaign committees from small donors, compared with 9.4 percent by Democratic incumbents who won re-election.

New Report: The Volcker Rule: Its Past, Present, and Uncertain Future
October 3, 2018 – 11:03 am

Americans for Financial Reform Education Fund published a new report describing the history of the Volcker Rule and the efforts of the financial industry to undermine it. The Volcker Rule is a central element of …

Report: Where They Stand on Financial Reform
September 14, 2018 – 5:59 am

This comprehensive guide details how members of the 115th Congress voted on bills and nominations related to financial reform.