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News Release: Stop Wall Street Looting Act Would Curb Worst Private Equity Abuses
July 18, 2019 – 9:10 am

“Private equity and hedge funds now wield enormous influence over the American economy, often with terrible consequences for workers and communities,” said Lisa Donner, executive director of Americans for Financial Reform. “We need effective rules of the road to stop predatory practices by these Wall Street giants.”

Advisory: Briefing for Media on Stop Wall Street Looting Act at 3pm ET
July 18, 2019 – 9:10 am

Briefing on Stop Wall Street Looting Act of 2019 will be at 3pm ET. To join call RSVP to Kyra Sandovi, kyra@ourfinancialsecurity.org and dial (800) 230-1096 and ask for “Private Equity Legislation” conference call.

News Release: Public Interest Groups Support Bill to Address Private Equity Abuses
July 18, 2019 – 9:10 am

Over 15 major public interest groups have signed on to support the Stop Wall Street Looting Act of 2019, which was introduced today in the House and Senate.

Legislation: Summary and Analysis of Stop Wall Street Looting Act
July 18, 2019 – 9:10 am

The Stop Wall Street Looting Act would curb the worst abuses of Wall Street private equity executives by making them liable for damage they cause, protecting the interests of workers, preventing looting of target companies, and improving transparency for investors.

Statement for the Record: Statement to House Financial Services Committee on Facebook Libra Proposal
July 17, 2019 – 9:13 am

The AFR Education Fund sent a statement for the record to the House Financial Services Committee concerning Facebook’s proposal for the Libra digital token and payment system. The statement describes ways in which Facebook is attempting to create an unregulated financial product of potentially global scale and the dangers this would pose to the users of the token and the broader financial system.

Letter to Regulators: Comment to HUD on FHA Servicing Defect Taxonomy
June 28, 2019 – 2:07 pm

Developing clear and appropriate standards for the servicing taxonomy will help ensure that servicers are properly held accountable for non-compliance with FHA’s requirements. It promises to improve the quality of FHA servicing, which in turn will benefit homeowners and the Mutual Mortgage Insurance (MMI) fund. HUD must ensure that its taxonomy tool encompasses these loss mitigation regulations and allows for borrower input into servicer performance in order to truly gauge whether loss mitigation is working for neighborhoods and for the MMI fund.

Letter To Regulators: Comment on Bank Ownership of Unsecured G-SIB Debt
June 7, 2019 – 5:48 pm

We commented to the banking regulators criticizing proposed rules on bank ownership of unsecured debt issued by systemically important (G-SIB) banks. This debt is intended to absorb losses in a potential future financial crisis, which may not be feasible if other banks are permitted to own significant amounts of it.

Media Advisory: Teleconference With SEC Commissioner Robert Jackson
June 5, 2019 – 9:38 am

Following the SEC meeting, Americans for Financial Reform will host a conference call with guest SEC Commissioner Robert Jackson. AFR and other groups have criticized the commission’s plan on investment advice for leaving ordinary Americans vulnerable to harmful industry practices. The call will include the AFL-CIO, AARP, and the Consumer Federation of America.