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On Tuesday, July 21, President Barack Obama spoke at a virtual conference celebrating the 10th-anniversary of the Dodd-Frank Act, co-hosted by Better Markets and The George Washington University Law School. During his... Read More
The Dodd-Frank Act of 2010 attempted to radically reform our country’s financial system. It aimed not only to ensure that American taxpayers would never again have to bail out Wall Street, but also to create a new... Read More
According to a recent academic study, Better Markets has been decisively important in turning the Dodd Frank financial reform law into reality. It refers to Better Markets as an “applied think tank” that is part... Read More
Attempts to address the pandemic health crisis have required a synchronized, global economic shutdown, leading to nearly Great Depression-levels of unemployment and economic contraction. The speed and depth of the economic... Read More
Barney Frank is a former U.S. representative and former chair of the House Financial Services Committee. Mr. Frank served as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from the Fourth District in Massachusetts from 1981... Read More
The FDIC has issued a proposal that would make it easier for already-weak banks to accept “brokered deposits.” That’s an unstable form of bank funding that contributed to bank failures during the savings... Read More
Since its creation in 2011, the SEC’s whistleblower program has encouraged individuals to come forward with more than 30,000 high-quality tips. This information has exposed fraud and misconduct at some of the largest... Read More
Most Americans rely heavily on a variety of financial products to meet their basic needs, including credit cards, auto loans, mortgage loans, and sometimes even payday loans. Because these financial products and services... Read More
The SEC has proposed a radical expansion to the already complex web of exemptions under the current securities laws and regulations. If implemented, this expansion would expose financially unsophisticated retail... Read More
In a letter to SEC Commissioner Jay Clayton, Better Markets and seven other public advocates urged the commission to rethink its deregulatory agenda in light of the unprecedented economic disruptions currently shaking the... Read More
On May 29, 2020, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit will hear oral argument in a case that will determine whether injured investors can recover in arbitration for a broker’s violation of the... Read More
On May 22, 2020, Better Markets filed a comment letter on the Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s (CFTC) recently proposed rulemakings to amend certain public swaps reporting and related regulations.  The CFTC... Read More
The CFTC has proposed new limits for speculative trading in commodty markets. For nearly 10 years we have called on the CFTC to implement meaningful position limits, and while this proposal represents some progress... Read More
Updated May 19, 2020 A dangerous conflict of interest lies embedded in the “issuer-pays” business model that most credit rating agencies (“CRAs”) prefer: The companies that issue bonds and need... Read More
According to the plaintiffs (now Petitioners), the defendants in Atlantic Trading v. BP LLC. manipulated the spot price of brent crude oil by submitting false data on oil transactions to a price reporting service in... Read More
Better Markets urges the Supreme Court to grant a petition for certiorari and review a Second Circuit’s decision that, unless reversed, will immunize manipulation of U.S. futures markets by those... Read More
On April 1, 2020, Better Markets filed a comment letter on a proposal relating to so-called “Covered Funds” investments under the Volcker Rule’s prohibition on proprietary trading (“Covered Funds... Read More
Another devastating financial and economic crisis is engulfing the nation just twelve years after the last one in 2008.  The first priority must be to respond as fully and effectively as possible with measures that will... Read More
The Office of Management and Budget, the agency responsible for implementing the President's regulatory objectives, has issued a request for information (RFI) seeking ways to reform the enforcement of federal rules. The... Read More
On March 9, 2020, Better Markets filed a comment letter on the Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s (“CFTC”) proposed framework for applying the Dodd-Frank Act’s swaps requirements to certain non-U.... Read More