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Goldman Sachs & the Volcker Rule

Austin | Last week we heard optimistic noises coming from some of the top executives in the world of mortgage finance at the Americatalyst 2017 event.  Falling interest rates have managed to get new applications for mortgage refinancing...Show More Summary

Fed's Yellen says she's open to easing Volcker Rule

Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen defended the Dodd Frank financial reform but said "there may be benefits" to modestly tweaking a rule that restricts proprietary trading by banks.        

Opening Bell: 8.23.17

Herbalife readies finishing move on Bill Ackman; Goldman plans finishing move on Volcker rule; firefighters feast on piglets they saved from fire; and more.

The Volcker Rule & the London Whale

"It is not down in any map; true places never are.""Moby Dick"Herman MelvilleNews reports that prosecutors have dropped their case against Bruno Iksil, the former JPMorgan (NYSE:JPM) trader many know as the “London Whale,” comes as no...Show More Summary

Breakingviews: Volcker Rule Reflects Challenge Ahead for a Fed Nominee

Randal Quarles will play an important role in the administration’s deregulatory push. But even where consensus exists, change will require support from fellow watchdogs.

U.S. Treasury Releases a A-La-Carte Menu of Congress-Free, Trump/Wall St. Priorities Like Easing Volcker Rule, Curbing CFPB

The report relies heavily on... regulators, as the Trump administration cannot count on legislation from Congress. Democrats are resisting major changes to the 2010 Dodd-Frank Wall Street reform law that came out of the financial crisis and was a signature achievement for former President Barack Obama. Show More Summary

Fed Gives Deutsche Bank, UBS Five-Year Breather On Illiquid Fund Volcker Compliance

Deutsche Bank, UBS and Silicon Valley Bank now have five more years to dispose of their illiquid fund investments, after the Federal Reserve formally granted these banks an extension under Volcker Rule provisions.

How House Bill Would Dismantle an Array of Dodd-Frank Reforms

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the Volcker Rule and “too big to fail” designations are among the targets in the Republican-backed proposal.

Trump Admin Does Bidding of Banksters

Last week, a council of top regulators quietly met to discuss the future of the Volcker rule -- the most important structural change [President] Obama established for the financial system. A few days later, a freshly installed Trump official went further, threatening to defang the rule "unilaterally" by "reinterpreting" its entire purpose. Show More Summary

Deutsche Bank Fined $157MM After Its Traders Were Found To Still Use Chat Rooms To Rig FX Trading

Another day, another fine for the bank that no matter what, just can't play by the rules. On Thursday, the Federal Reserve fined Deutsche Bank $156.6 million for violating foreign exchange rules and running afoul of the Volcker Rule,...Show More Summary

Mnuchin Dashes Banker Hopes That Prop Trading Is Coming Back

What a difference a week makes. On January 23, Reuters reported that dialing back the Volcker Rule which limits banks' ability to engage in speculative investments using their own balance sheet, has emerged a top priority for President Donald Trump's nominee for U.S. Show More Summary

Volcker Rule and Market-Making in Times of Stress

The post Volcker Rule and Market-Making in Times of Stress appeared first on The Big Picture.

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Bloomberg: Fed’s Powell Urges Congress to Take Another Look at Volcker Rule. Federal Reserve Governor Jerome Powell urged Congress to rewrite the Volcker Rule that restricts proprietary trading, while urging “a high degree of vigilance” against the buildup of financial risks amid improving U.S. Show More Summary

Can Big Banks Overturn the Volcker Rule Under President Trump? 

Financial industry lobbyists have long been pushing for the Volcker Rule to be overturned. Now they may see their dreams realized with a GOP-led Congress at Washington's helm. The post Can Big Banks Overturn the Volcker Rule Under President Trump?  was originally published at The Wall Street Examiner. Follow the money!

The Fed has given Trump cover to unwind a key Wall Street rule (GS, JPM, MS)

It's the talk of Wall Street. The prospect of deregulation following the election of Donald Trump, and specifically some kind of softening of the Volcker rule, is being discussed far and wide. Now, it seems the Federal Reserve has provided...Show More Summary

Does the Volcker rule lower risk?

That’s banks doing proprietary trading for their own accounts, which was limited by Dodd-Frank.  But have those limitations been effective?  Maybe not, at least that is what Jussi Keppo and Josef Korte suggest in their newly published paper: We analyze the Volcker Rule’s announcement effects on U.S. Show More Summary

Fed Ups Ante in Bid to Make Banks Too Dull to Fail

The push and pull of financial regulation continues on Capitol Hill. As part of their ongoing effort to make big banks too dull to fail, the Federal Reserve wants to take the Volcker Rule a step further by putting an end to merchant banking (the practice whereby banks purchase stakes in companies rather than lending them money). Show More Summary

Congresswoman Presses Regulators on Volcker Rule Data

Representative Carolyn B. Maloney requested two years of information that could help inform the debate over the rule’s impact on the financial system.

Wall Street Traders May Soon Have To Live On Burger King ‘Whopperitos.’ The Horror.

Guys, big banks just need a few more years to figure out how to add more loopholes to financial rule Esteemed Wall Street banks are on their knees asking the Fed for five more years to comply with the Volcker rule, a rule limiting what banks can do with our monies. Originally conceived as part

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