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Event: Former Fed Governor Tarullo Decries “Low-Intensity Deregulation”
May 21, 2019 – 11:21 am

“[A] good bit of that progress … could be endangered by a kind of low-intensity deregulation, consisting of an accumulation of non-headline-grabbing changes and an opaque relaxation of supervisory rigor. There are things to be concerned about in many of the individual proposals on such matters as the leverage ratio, resolution planning, and foreign banking organizations. It’s the cumulative effect, though, that is truly worrisome.”

News Release: Wall Street Money In 2017-18 Highest Ever For Non-Presidential Cycle
April 30, 2019 – 9:20 am
News Release: Wall Street Money In 2017-18 Highest Ever For Non-Presidential Cycle

Wall Street poured at least $1.9 billion into the political process, the largest-ever amount for a non-presidential year, according to a new report by Americans for Financial Reform. This sum outstrips the total of $1.4 billion, in the 2013-14 election cycle, by 36 percent.

Report: Wall Street Pumps $1.9 Billion into Political Process in 2017-18 Election Cycle
April 30, 2019 – 6:58 am
Report: Wall Street Pumps $1.9 Billion into Political Process in 2017-18 Election Cycle

The $1.9 billion Wall Street poured into American politics includes contributions to campaign committees and leadership PACs ($922 million) and lobbying expenditures ($957 million). The money backed a massive rush of pro-industry nominees and legislation over the last two years, at a time when the biggest banks made $100 billion in profits for the first time.

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.

News Release: ‘Aye’ Votes On Kraninger Expose American Families To Greater Wall Street Abuse
December 6, 2018 – 2:18 pm

The Senate majority has endorsed a CFPB nominee indistinguishable from Mick Mulvaney, who has done his level best to dismantle from within an agency that once won real results for American families hurt by Wall Street and predatory lenders. Kraninger has no track record at all of consumer protection, or of standing up for vulnerable people.

AFR Statement: Full Senate Should Reject Kraninger Nomination to Head CFPB
August 23, 2018 – 11:02 am

Kraninger’s job as CFPB director would be to defend consumers against abuse at the hands of Wall Street banks and predatory lenders, but she has shown no sign of being willing to take on this vital role. The full Senate should reject her nomination.

AFR/CFA Memo: SEC Broker Standards Proposal Falls Far Short
August 7, 2018 – 11:26 am

Brokers too often steer investors into poorly performing, high-cost investments that are profitable for the broker, but bad for individual investors. The Securities and Exchange Commission has proposed a new regulation that purports to address the problem, but its remedy is too vague and too weak. By creating a veneer of protection, but not the reality, it would deliver a false sense of security that could leave investors worse off than they are now.

Joint Letter: SEC Broker Proposal Fails To Establish Strong Standard or Mitigate Conflicts
August 7, 2018 – 11:10 am

The rule’s most significant failing is that it does not establish a clear uniform best interest standard, one that is no less stringent than that found in the Investment Advisers’ Act, for all professionals who provide investment advice to retail clients. Instead, it adopts a weaker standard for broker-dealers that falls short of a true best interest standard and does not adequately address the conflicts of interest that too often are permitted to taint broker-dealers’ recommendations.