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The sad truth is that 75% of Americans are losing faith in the American Dream, and less than 20% of Americans even believe they are living it now.  That’s because economic insecurity, anxiety and despair are... Read More
As the front-line regulator of the broker-dealer profession, FINRA must do more to live-up to its mandate of investor protection and market integrity by expelling brokerage firms that specialize in harming investors. ... Read More
Last Sunday was the 11th anniversary of the 2008 crash of Lehman Brothers investment bank and the onset of the worst financial crash since 1929 and the beginning of the worst economic catastrophe for the country since the... Read More
One reason Wall Street’s too-big-to-fail banks are dangerous and a threat to all American families is because the highest-risk activities have the highest-margins and generate the biggest bonuses. That shift to the... Read More
Almost all Americans pay their debts and most of those who don’t are facing circumstances beyond their control like unemployment, a medical calamity, and other usually tragic occurrences. Congress enacted the Fair... Read More
This is a shocking and disturbing story of dereliction of duty by FINRA and the SEC, and egregious, repeated misconduct by JP Morgan Chase, including the creation of false evidence by a “compliance manager” used... Read More
Better Markets filed an amicus brief urging the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals to uphold the SEC’s critical Transaction Fee Pilot program, which it initiated last year to study the effects of the legalized kickbacks... Read More
Introduction Although still a work in progress, this is a comprehensive and frequently updated webpage for all things Volcker Rule, including proposed rules, comment letters, analysis, media, presentations and much more.... Read More
What's Below? A Debate Night Thought: Wall Street Should Be Rooting for Elizabeth Warren! Better Markets Speaks Truth to Power at Fed Stress Tests Conference A Debate Night Thought: Wall Street Should Be Rooting... Read More
Stress tests, as we’ve detailed here, have been invaluable in strengthening our financial system. They are vital tools that protect taxpayers and our economy by making sure that banks have enough capital to absorb... Read More
The Democratic candidates are debating again tonight and tomorrow night. While they will no doubt talk about lots of issues, there’s one that should get outsized attention but probably won’t: how do we... Read More
Better Markets President and CEO Dennis Kelleher was asked to testify at a key Senate hearing on June 25, when he reminded lawmakers that America’s top five gigantic, derivative-dealing banks must be properly regulated... Read More
U.S. banking regulators have issued another round of dangerous de-regulatory proposals that will increase the likelihood of another financial crisis. These rule proposals would scale back three of the most important banking... Read More
It’s hard to believe, but some brokerage firms specialize in hiring recidivist brokers ⁠— those with 3, 4, 5 and even more customer-related disciplinary infractions on their record. These “predator wolf-... Read More
Stress tests, as we’ve detailed here, have been invaluable in strengthening our financial system. They are vital tools that protect taxpayers and our economy by making sure that banks have enough capital to... Read More
Stress tests are critical tools to protect the economy and taxpayers.  Such tests, which regulators conduct on banks to see if they could survive a financial shock without failing, would have been invaluable  ... Read More
Almost everything you buy (gas, cereal, coffee, etc.) is connected to complex financial instruments called “derivatives,” about 90% of which are controlled by the five biggest Wall Street banks.  If those... Read More
A decent job with good wages that can support a family, buy a home, put the kids through college while saving for retirement and maybe even going on a nice vacation once in a while. A future for the kids that is better... Read More
With the first Democratic presidential candidates’ debate this Wednesday and Thursday, it’s a good time to look at what they’ve been saying and the key issues, which we will be doing often over the next... Read More