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AFR Statement: Senate Banking Committee Takes Up Dangerous Securities Bills
June 26, 2018 – 11:32 am

“The Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs meets today to conduct hearings on a set of bills ostensibly designed to increase access to capital. Several of these bills are part of a dangerous agenda to rollback securities markets regulations. The deregulation of private capital markets contemplated in these bills would disproportionately affect small, retail investors vis-à-vis large investors and would undermine the effective regulations and investor protections that are fundamental principles of stable and enlarging U.S. public capital markets. “

AFR Statement: Federal Reserve Stress Tests Stand or Fall on Regulator Assumptions
June 21, 2018 – 4:07 pm

Stress tests are forecasts based on models. They stand or fall on the approach of regulators, whose assumptions can seriously underestimate bank losses. Before the 2008 financial crisis regulatory models also showed Wall Street was safe, but that turned out to be fantasy.

AFR in the News: Congress to roll back post-crisis rules as banks post record profits (Washington Post)
June 5, 2018 – 2:48 pm

“‘When lawmakers vote for banking deregulation even though banks are raking in record profits, it exposes what is really at work,’ said Lisa Donner, executive director of Americans for Financial Reform. ‘The bank lobby has flooded the political system with money, and is getting a return on its
investment. The result is legislation that makes the financial system less safe and less fair, and puts consumers at greater risk of abuse.’”

AFR in the News: Banks would be freer to trade for profit under Fed proposal (Virginian Pilot)
June 4, 2018 – 10:29 am

“‘The proposal ‘is an attempt to unravel fundamental elements of the response to the 2008 financial crisis, when banks financed their gambling with taxpayer-insured deposits,’ Marcus Stanley, policy director at Americans for Financial Reform, said in a statement. ‘If implemented, these proposals could turn the Volcker Rule into a dead letter.'”

AFR in the News: Fed votes to scale back hated ‘Volcker Rule’ on Wall Street (NY Post)
June 4, 2018 – 10:20 am

“’What is critical is that simplification not undermine the core principle at stake — that taxpayer-supported banking groups, of any size, not participate in proprietary trading at odds with the basic public and customers’ interests,’ Paul Volcker said in a statement…

‘This proposal is no minor set of technical tweaks to the Volcker Rule, but an attempt to unravel fundamental elements of the response to the 2008 financial crisis, when banks financed their gambling with taxpayer-insured deposits,’ said Marcus Stanley, policy director at Americans for Financial Reform.”

AFR Statement: Proposal to Overhaul Volcker Rule Would Unravel Key Response to Financial Crisis
May 30, 2018 – 3:21 pm

This proposal is no minor set of technical tweaks to the Volcker Rule, but an attempt to unravel fundamental elements of the response to the 2008 financial crisis, when banks financed their gambling with taxpayer-insured deposits. If implemented, these proposals could turn the Volcker Rule into a dead letter, a regulation that would not meaningfully restrict trading activities.

Letters to Congress: AFR urges opposition to HR 4790 in order to protect the Volcker Rule
April 13, 2018 – 11:26 am

View or download a PDF version of the letter here.
April 12, 2018
Dear Representative:
On behalf of Americans for Financial Reform, we are writing to urge you to vote against HR 4790, which is being considered on …

AFR Statement: Omnibus Contains Yet More Gifts to Wall Street
March 22, 2018 – 2:27 pm

“The Omnibus budget package contains several policy riders designed to benefit Wall Street investment funds and big banks at the expense of the public. One provision in the omnibus allows Business Development Companies (BDCs), a type of private equity fund sold directly to retail customers, to double their permitted fund leverage from the current 1-1 level (one dollar of borrowed money for each dollar of investor equity) to 2-1. BDCs are already the beneficiary of regulatory exemptions since conventional closed-end mutual funds can only leverage 1-2, or borrow one dollar per two dollars of investor equity…”