Category Archives: Dodd-Frank Act

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The future looks a lot like the past

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“Regulation of shadow banking is starting to look more and more like regulation of traditional banking 100 to 150 years ago, when it took decades of runs on banks, bank failures and economic agony before  Congress in 1933 finally approved … Continue reading

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NY Fed chief lays it on the line, for bankers and for the rest of us

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It felt like “The Gunfight at the O.K. Corral.” First to appear was departing Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, who told Wall Street Journal economics editor David Wessel in a wide-ranging exit interview January 17 that the financial markets are much … Continue reading

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Shadow banking, part 2: Lack of shadow master plan means impact of new rules is uncertain

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The shape of shadow banking reform is now clear. Congress and regulators are going to put a bunch of new rules in place, but they’re not going to articulate a coherent vision of what shadow banking should, or should not, … Continue reading

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Shadow banking, part 1: Failure to reform shadows hurts economy, endangers financial markets

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Updated June 18, 2012 One of the failures of the Dodd-Frank Act was in not restructuring shadow banking, with a sturdy repo market at its heart, so it could safely gear back up to boost credit and help the economy … Continue reading

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Part 1: Still no data – What’s taking so long?

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It’s three years after the financial crisis, and we still don’t have the most basic data that we  need in order to be able to spot a gathering storm in the financial markets. Especially needed is more information about shadow … Continue reading

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MF Global warning: Financial markets have not been fixed

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The October 31 bankruptcy of MF Global Holdings Ltd., a broker-dealer on Fifth Avenue in New York City, is important news for all Americans because it is a warning: The Dodd-Frank Act, which Congress passed 16 months ago to protect Americans … Continue reading

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Leading crisis experts are trying to get our attention

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When three of the economists most knowledgeable about the financial crisis of 2007-2008 start jumping up and down, waving their arms and shouting “fire!” … maybe we should listen? That’s happening now. Three prominent economists are calling for a solution to … Continue reading

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FT: Volcker rule may exempt repos and securitization

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Repos and securitization, the combination that nearly destroyed the credit markets and the U.S. economy in 2007-2009, will not be prohibited by the Volcker rule, according to the Financial Times. The Volcker rule is intended to limit proprietary trading at … Continue reading

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If it walks like a bank, it should be regulated like a bank

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Financial institutions that borrow short-term loans and use that money to lend long-term loans – that is, they borrow short and lend long – should be regulated like FDIC-insured banks. That’s the essence of a new paper by Morgan Ricks, a … Continue reading

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Lenders, not borrowers, were the driving force behind the financial crisis

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Editor’s note: RepoWatch would like to recognize Financial Times editor Gillian Tett, whose August 11 column about the Pozsar report proves once again that she is far ahead of other journalists in her understanding of the core issues facing financial … Continue reading

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Risk may move from credit default swaps to repos

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In the financial crisis of 2007-2008, much of the systemic risk that forced federal regulators to inject trillions of dollars into the financial markets to keep them from collapsing was caused by repos and credit default swaps. Now it appears the … Continue reading

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JPM and BoNY exposed during debt-ceiling crisis

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Editor’s note: It’s a scandal that Bernanke and Geithner handed reform of tri-party repo to  the bankers instead of to Congress and Dodd-Frank and the reform has not been done. Commentary The most vulnerable banks during this U.S. debt-ceiling crisis … Continue reading

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Fear in today’s markets shows failure of Dodd-Frank

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If the financial crisis in 2007-2008 was fundamentally about mortgages, as many believe, why are we facing a similar financial crisis today? Here’s the answer: The fundamental problem three years ago was not mortgages. It was the repurchase market and credit default swaps. … Continue reading

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Proposal: Central clearing for repos

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Central clearing for repurchase transactions could prevent the kind of runs on the repo market that triggered the financial crisis in 2007-2008,  writes Jeff Penney, senior advisor to McKinsey & Company, managing member of financial services consulting firm High Line Advisors, and … Continue reading

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UK regulators warn of dangers in repo mutations

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Repurchase transactions are morphing into riskier forms of collateralized lending, the Bank of England warned in its June 2011 Financial Stability Report. With interest rates continuing at record lows, financial institutions and other investors are looking for ways to juice … Continue reading

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Some experts are comparing Greece to Lehman

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If eurozone officials decide Greece does not have to repay its debt in full, the European Central Bank says it may stop making repo loans to financial institutions that put up Greece’s debt as collateral, according to a June 10 story by the … Continue reading

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London conference: More calls to fix bankruptcy exemption for mortgage-backed repos

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The special bankruptcy treatment extended to repurchase agreements in 2005 played a critical role in the financial crisis of 2007-2008, and changes must be made, experts cautioned at a financial conference in London June 1.   The warnings came just … Continue reading

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Fed scholars: A run on the repurchase market caused the financial crisis and will probably happen again

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The financial crisis of 2007-2008 was primarily a run on the repurchase market, when lenders refused to role over their repo loans to large investment banks. This was like bank runs decades ago, when depositors rushed to take their money out … Continue reading

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How will the FDIC unwind repos?

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The Dodd-Frank Act gave the FDIC the job of resolving systemically important financial institutions when they are in financial trouble.  How will the FDIC handle that company’s repos? An FDIC report April 18 gives the answer. It will sell them … Continue reading

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Repos and shadow banking system still need reform

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While the new Financial Stability Oversight Council tries to identify and then supervise systemically important financial institutions, as required by the Dodd-Frank Act, two other important issues still need attention, said Federal Reserve Board member Daniel K. Tarullo in a … Continue reading