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What Changes to the Dodd-Frank Law Could Mean

blogs.wsj.com — House and Senate negotiators have reached a deal to extend a federal terrorism insurance program, scheduled for a vote in the House late Wednesday. The legislation includes controversial language that would effectively spare manufacturers, agricultural businesses and other nonfinancial "end users" from requirements that firms back up certain swaps trades with cash or other collateral, known as margin.

SEC chief calls for stress testing of mutual funds, other assets

denverpost.com — By Andrew Ackerman Dow Jones Newswires Posted: 12/14/2014 12:01:00 AM MST NEW YORK - Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman Mary Jo White announced a sweeping set of initiatives last week to address potential risks posed by the $60-plus trillion asset-management industry, including steps to tighten restrictions on mutual funds and other firms. Among the most significant ideas is a plan that would likely cause funds to curb their use of risky derivatives to boost returns.

SEC chief calls for stress testing of mutual funds and other asset managers

efinancialnews.com — Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman Mary Jo White announced a sweeping set of initiatives Thursday to address potential risks posed by the $60-plus trillion asset-management industry, including steps to tighten restrictions on mutual funds and other firms.

Will First Change to Dodd-Frank Open the Floodgates?

blogs.wsj.com — The first major change to the 2010 Dodd-Frank law passed Congress on Wednesday and headed to the president's desk, breaking a four-year logjam. Financial-industry lobbyists plan to press for other items on their wish list, especially with Republicans set to take control of the Senate next year.

SEC is Reviewing Appeals Court’s Insider Ruling

blogs.wsj.com — The top U.S. securities regulator says it is reviewing a federal appeals court ruling that overturned two criminal insider-trading convictions and effectively made prosecuting the crime more difficult. "There's no question it's a significant decision," said Mary Jo White, chairman of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Thursday.

SEC Chief Calls for Stress Testing of Mutual Funds, Other Asset Managers

Europe presents olive branch to US in derivatives skirmish

efinancialnews.com — European policy makers took steps Thursday to ease a cross-border dispute with the US over the regulation of derivatives, delaying onerous capital charges that would have gone into effect for European banks that do business with US clearinghouses like CME Group Inc. and Intercontinental Exchange Inc.

Barney Frank Criticizes Planned Roll-Back of Namesake Financial Law

blogs.wsj.com — WASHINGTON- Retired House Democrat Barney Frank urged his former colleagues to vote against a nearly $1.1 trillion spending plan, saying it constitutes an attack on a Wall Street regulatory overhaul he co-authored in response to the financial crisis.

Trade group calls for more resilience and transparency of clearinghouses

Trade Group Calls for More Resilience and Transparency of Clearinghouses

derivalert.org — By Andrew Ackerman and Katy Burne November 25, 2014, The Wall Street Journal A Wall Street trade group is pressing regulators to boost the resilience and transparency of clearinghouses, which constitute a key safety net for the financial system. The International Swaps and Derivatives Association said firms likeCME Group Inc., LCH Clearnet Group Ltd.
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Dec 18, 2014

RT @alexremington: So, apparently, the protagonist of Zero Dark Thirty is the villain of the torture report. She screwed up everything. newyorker.com/news/news-desk…

Dec 18, 2014

RT @pdacosta: Citigroup has $7.4 billion of assets such as corporate and consumer loans and local government debt in Russia. on.wsj.com/1yWAk5L

Dec 18, 2014

Firms already rely on the 2,000-shareholder caps in the JOBS Act. All the SEC is doing is belatedly updating their rules to reflect statute

Dec 18, 2014

SEC has a mountain of JOBS Act mandates but just advanced the one that has no impact on anyone

Dec 18, 2014

Haha, SEC just released the most jargony press release ever. At 6pm.

Dec 18, 2014

Watching "The Interview”-- which most won't be able to do-- "is torture from almost start to finish." on.wsj.com/1AwR9ql

Dec 18, 2014

Lawrence Summers' $28 Million Payday, Courtesy of Elizabeth Warren bloomberg.com/politics/artic… via @bpolitics

Dec 18, 2014

RT @YieldCrowd: Regulation A+: A Sleeping Giant For Small Business Capital Formation? #crowdfunding #yieldcrowd @SamuelGuzik1 ow.ly/FqHCB

Dec 18, 2014

MetLife designated as ‘systemically important’ by U.S. panel $MET on.wsj.com/1AwOtc2

Dec 18, 2014

RT @dcwater: UPDATE: Some tests have come back positive for petroleum. The advisory remains in effect. (1/2) #ShawDC #LoganCircle

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