Could this be the beginning of the end of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau as we know it? This month The Trump administration, through acting CFPB Director Mick Mulvaney, announced sizeable restrictions to CFPB’s enforcement and day-to-day oversight of the financial industry’s fair lending practices. The move comes shortly after Mulvaney was installed as Acting … Continue reading Fair Lending Enforcement Roll-Backs at CFPB Could be Sign of Changing Times
This week, Richard Cordray handed in his resignation as head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). The early resignation comes at a time of increased criticism over current financial regulations and an uncertain outlook for many regulatory bodies. The CFPB especially, has been subject of intense criticism from the financial industry as overbearing and … Continue reading With Cordray’s Resignation, What’s Next for the CFPB?
SEC Hack Exposes Critical Security Faults On Thursday, it was announced that the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the nation’s top finance and securities regulator, had experienced a critical cyber security breach. The breach, which occurred in 2016, allowed hackers access to the SEC’s EDGAR system, a database which houses corporate filings and announcements for … Continue reading Who’s Watching the Watchdogs? SEC Hack Exposes Critical Financial Regulation Faults
Uncertain Future for Dodd-Frank Last week, President Trump ordered a review of major banking regulations put in place following the 2008 financial crisis, largely comprising Dodd-Frank regulations. President Trump has made clear that rollbacks are a main objective for these reviews. Though the executive order only calls for a review, the Trump administration aims to … Continue reading Dodd-Frank Cuts Likely Under Banking Regulation Reviews
Brokerage oversight is getting a fresh pair of eyes This week, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) indicated that it would be calling on a need for more oversight from its financial regulation partner, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA). The decision to shift responsibility comes with an SEC initiative to devote more energies towards … Continue reading SEC Gets a Hand in Brokerage Oversight
Bad Week for Big Banks Some of the nation’s top banks are facing another bad week, legally and financially as they are subjected to increased scrutiny and demand for reparations from federal regulators. Wells Fargo faces a continued inquest into the extent of its accounts fraud scandal as regional and municipal governments, including Hillsborough County, … Continue reading Morgan Stanley Ethical Conduct in Question
The Cause Big banks on Wall Street had been left unchecked for too long and the introduction of sub-prime lending tactics sealed the fate of U.S. financial stability. A culture of smoke-and-mirrors misleading consumers, coupled with a dire lack of regulatory oversight allowed big banks to run rampant. Years of bad banking tactics caught up … Continue reading Big Banks: Lesson (Un)Learned