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Volcker Rule

Wall Street Already Finding Loopholes To The 'Volcker Rule'

Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

NEW YORK - U.S. banks have found a way to continue betting their own money on some investments, despite a new law's restrictions on proprietary tradi...

Wall Street Lobbyist To Regulator: 'Are You Trying To Scare Me?'

The Huffington Post | William Alden | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Regulators charged with fleshing out the Dodd-Frank financial reform are receiving intense pressure from Wall Street lawyers and lobbyists, the Wall S...

The Volcker Rule After The Midterm Elections

New York Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

The Obama administration saved the deeply troubled megabanks in the United States in early 2009 with a bundle of rescue measures that, compared with s...

Goldman Sachs Disbanding Prop Trading Unit Ahead Of New Rules

bloomberg.com | Christine Harper Saijel Kishan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Sept. 3 (Bloomberg) -- Goldman Sachs Group Inc. is shutting its principal-strategies business, a group that makes bets with the firm's own capital, to...

Former Fed Chief Fights To Keep His Reforms Airtight

The Huffington Post | William Alden | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Paul Volcker, the former Federal Reserve chairman, wants the rule that bears his name to be as airtight as possible, the Wall Street Journal reports. ...

Tim Geithner Ignores Volcker Rule, Touts 'Financial Innovation'

The New York Times | SIMON JOHNSON | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Amazingly, Mr. Geithner made no reference to the Volcker Rule, either explicitly or even implicitly -- despite the centrality of this idea to the rece...

Volcker Pulls No Punches, Slams 'Broken' Financial System, Banks

The Huffington Post | William Alden | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Paul Volcker pulled no punches Thursday in a speech at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, criticizing nearly all aspects of the nation's financial s...

JPMorgan Said To Shut Down Division In Response To Volcker Rule

bloomberg.com | Dawn Kopecki and Chanyaporn Chanjoren | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Aug. 31 (Bloomberg) -- JPMorgan Chase & Co., the second- largest U.S. lender by assets, told traders who bet on commodities for the firm's account tha...

Paul Volcker Said To Be Disappointed With The Final Version Of His Rule

bloomberg.com | Yalman Onaran | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

June 30 (Bloomberg) -- Paul Volcker is disappointed with the final version of the rule that bears his name. As first envisioned, the Volcker rule w...

Weak Financial Regulation Is Further Defanged

Jeff Madrick | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeff Madrick

A significant story on the front page of today's New York Times explains just how easy it will probably be for the financial community to flaunt new regulation. High risk on Wall Street will go on.

Citigroup, Apparently Not Worried About 'Volcker Rule,' Invest Billions In New Funds

bloomberg.com | Bradley Keoun | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

June 18 (Bloomberg) -- Citigroup Inc. plans to raise more than $3 billion for its private-equity and hedge funds, even as U.S. lawmakers consider bann...

Lawmakers Confront 'Lobbying Tempest' As Reform Bill Takes Shape

AP | JIM KUHNHENN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON — Congress' final tinkering with Wall Street overhaul this month offers lobbyists a last-ditch shot to reshape the package on behalf of c...

Banks Set To Lose Swaps Desks - Thanks To Volcker: Financial Times

cnn.com | Tom Braithwaite | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Banks are likely to lose a key lobbying battle in the US over whether they will be forced to spin off their lucrative swaps desks, according to people...

Goldman Sachs Plans To Spin Off Proprietary Trading

Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Goldman Sachs is "seriously considering spinning off its proprietary trading unit" according to CNBC's Kate Kelly. The group plans to do so to comply ...

Goldman Discusses Spin Off: Report

Reuters | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

(Reuters) - Goldman Sachs Group Inc (GS.N) executives are weighing spinning off at least a part of the bank's private equity business following financ...

Ryan Grim

Prop Traders Being Reassigned In Wake Of Volcker Rule

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

A Fox Business report on Tuesday evening made backers of the Volcker Rule nervous that big banks had already found a way to trade taxpayer-backed mone...

DK Matai | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
DK Matai

Editor's Note: This post has been removed from the Huffington Post....

Question for the Tea Party: Why the Free Ride for Republicans Protecting Bankers?

Robert Kuttner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

Starting the process of reining in the banks is the antidote to the bailout and to future bailouts -- both politically and in terms of better policy. And it's Republicans and Wall Streeters who are trying to kill it.

Paul Volcker: 'The Savior Of Wall Street'

The New Republic | Noam Scheiber | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

But then something unforeseen happened: Legendary Fed Chairman Paul Volcker, a hero to Wall Street reformers and scourge of megabanks, penned a letter...

Don't Let Goldman Sachs Off the Hook

Zach Carter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Zach Carter

We want Fed money to be fueling business and consumer lending -- we don't want it to be encouraging gambling in the securities and derivatives casinos.

Did Democrats Just Set a Brilliant Trap ... For Themselves?

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

With yesterday's defeat of the Brown/Kaufman SAFE Act -- an amendment which would have broken up the big banks -- the Democrats left themselves open to the charge that they've failed to stand up to the big banks.

Rick's Casino - The 2010 Version, That Is

Leo Hindery, Jr. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Leo Hindery, Jr.

If Citigroup is the 'poster child' for all that went wrong in the commercial banking side of the financial industry since 1999, then, Goldman Sachs is, the 'poster child' for the investment banking side.

Volcker Rule Could Wait Until 2022

Huffington Post | Ryan McCarthy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

With supporters and opponents of the much-debated financial reform bill emphasizing the urgency of the moment, one crucial component of the legislatio...

Jason Linkins

Scott Brown's Sweetheart FinReg Deal Needs A Snappy Nickname

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Over at the Wonk Room, Pat Garofalo takes a moment this morning to discuss the sweetheart deal that Senator Scott Brown (R-Mass.) carved out of the fi...

Friday Talking Points [129] -- Incrementalism Wins Big

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

We're going to begin today with the news that a popular New Jersey beach is considering allowing women to sunbathe topless. And then move right on to...