Tag: Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act

Are You Systemically Important?

The first step in figuring out if a financial company is too big to fail, is to figure what it means to be “big”.  Section 113 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act authorizes the Financial Stability Oversight Council to determine that a nonbank financial company will be subject to supervision by

Proposed Identity Theft Red Flags Rules

Identity theft is a serious problem. Title X of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act increased the scope of firms that would be subject to federal regulatory requirements on identity theft rules. The Securities Exchange Commission and the Commodities Futures Trading Commission just published a proposed rule addressing that new scope. Section


You would expect that a publication with a libertarian tilt like The Economist would not look favorably at the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. They call it Too big not to fail. Being The Economist, the article argues with the facts on its side. Dodd-Frank: 848 pages Federal Reserve Act of 1913:

Tighter Rules on Advisory Performance Fee Charges

Under the Investment Advisers Act, an adviser can only charge a performance fee if the client was a “qualified client”. The SEC equates net worth with sophistication, so a “qualified client” had to have a level assets to prove their financial sophistication. Those levels are now officially increased. The original standard was that the client

Comment Period Extended for Volcker Rule

The Securities and Exchange Commission and federal banking regulators have extended the comment period on the Volcker Rule proposed regulations from January 13, 2012 to February 13, 2012. In Release No. 34-66057, the regulators noted that the extension of the comment period is appropriate “due to the complexity of the issues involved and to facilitate

The New Accredited Investor Standard

After thinking about it for almost year, the Securities and Exchange Commission has finalized the new definition of “accredited investor.” On January 25, 2011, the SEC proposed amendments to the accredited investor standards in the rules under the Securities Act of 1933 to implement the requirements of Section 413(a) of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform

The SEC and Rating Agencies

The SEC examined all 10 firms registered Nationally Recognized Statistical Rating Organization (.pdf 23 pages) and found all 10 had “apparent failures”. The SEC has requested remediation plans from each of the agencies within 30 days and is continuing its investigation. The issues found included “apparent failures in some instances to follow ratings methodologies and

Conflicts of Interest and Securitizations

The Big Short highlighted some of the difficulties of taking an investment position in a real estate downturn. The situation was taken a step further with Goldman Sachs’ help in putting together mortgage backed securities with the primary purpose of helping a client take an investment position that the securities will default. It turned out

Report on Mutual Fund Advertising

Section 918 of Dodd-Frank Act required a study on mutual fund advertising. The Government Accountability Office delivered that report before the 18 month deadline to the designated Congressional committees. The Report’s objectives were “to examine (1) what is known about the impact of mutual fund advertisements on investors, (2) the extent to which performance information

Risk Retention and Funding Private Equity Deals

There is no doubt that securitization helped fuel the residential housing bubble that lead to the Great Panic of 2008. Lenders found ready buyers for their loan portfolios, could sell them, then lend the money out again to create new loan portfolios to resell. One of the issues is that the lenders became purely loan