On July 21, 2010, President Obama signed the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, which is commonly referred as the Dodd-Frank Act. This act was passed as a response to the Great Recession in order to prevent potential financial debacle in the future. This regulation has a significant impact on American financial services industry by placing major changes on the financial regulation and agencies since the Great Depression. This paper examines the history and impact of Dodd-Frank Act on American financial services industry.
The general objective of this policy paper is to deeply understand the latest and most influential financial reforms and the current financial environment in U.S through relatively comprehensive analysis with regard to the Dodd-Frank Act. In doing so, I move forward to provide some suggestions on improving the relevant legislature.
Final summation concerning this matter would be that despite its initial good intentions, The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Act is severely lacking in its claims to strengthen and secure the financial stability of the United States. If it is an actual fact and not an alternative fact that the Act itself has never been fully implemented during Obamas presidency, then it serves no purpose to our country. Much like the failure of the Banking Act of 1933, it is unsurprising to see the impending
Named after the United States senator Christopher J. Dodd and the United States Representative Barney Frank, the Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act was signed in to federal law by the president Barack Obama on July 21, 2010 in an attempt to prevent the events that led to the 2008 financial crisis of occurring again. Commonly known as the Dodd-Frank, the act brought the biggest changes to regulations on financial institutions since the reforms on regulations that followed the Great Depression. The act creates regulatory agencies for financial institutions, as well as an oversight council that is in charge of assessing systemic risk. The council also has the power of restraining the growth of large financial institutions
The Dodd- Frank law on whistle-blowing bounty program is an upgrade from the Sarbanes- Oxley. The Sarbanes – Oxley whistle -blower program protected employees from getting retaliated upon by their employers when they report misconduct within the company they are employed. Dodd- Frank law took is a step further, an employee who reports financial misconduct are entitled to receive 10 percent to 30 percent of the fines and settlements if the conviction is upheld and the penalties exceed $1 million dollars (Ferrell, 112, 2013). The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act was signed into law by President Obama in 2010 (Ferrell, pg. 110, 2013). The focal mission of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is to make markets for
In simple terms, Dodd-Frank is a law that places major regulations on the financial industry. It grew out of the Great Recession with the intention of preventing another collapse of a major financial institution like Lehman Brothers. Dodd-Frank is also geared toward protecting consumers with rules like keeping borrowers from abusive lending and mortgage practices by banks. It became the law of the land in 2010 and was named after Senator Christopher J. Dodd (D-CT) and U.S. Representative Barney Frank (D-MA), who were the sponsors of the legislation. But not all of the provisions are in place and some rules are subject to change, as we'll see. The bill contains some 16 major areas of reform and contains hundreds of pages, but we will focus here on what are considered the major rules of regulation. One of the main goals of the Dodd-Frank act is to have banks subjected to a number of regulations along with the possibility of being broken up if any of them are determined to be “too big to fail.” To do that, the act created the Financial Stability Oversight Council (FSOC). It looks out for risks that affect the entire financial
Passed under the Obama Administration in 2010, the Dodd Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act was designed in response to the Subprime Mortgage Crisis of 2008 which was caused in part by a gradual easing of financial regulations over the past several decades. The goal of the legislation is “to promote the financial stability of the United States by improving accountability and transparency in the financial system, to end "too big to fail", to protect the American taxpayer by ending bailouts, to protect consumers from abusive financial services practices, and for other purposes” as stated by the bill’s sponsors (FEC). The Act fundamentally changes the structure of financial regulatory procedures by creating, dismantling and consolidating certain regulatory agencies in order to streamline- and by some claims simplify- regulation of the banking industry. This piece of legislation has been the recipient of harsh criticism from both sides of the political spectrum for ideologically opposite reasons. Some critics claim that measures described in the bill cause economic stagnation as undue regulatory burdens are placed on financial institutions. Still others cite the bill’s shortfalls as evidence that it does not go far enough to prevent another economic collapse such as the one the nation faced in 2008 along with being highly bureaucratic.
The Glass Steagall Act was passed on 1933, which is also known as The Banking Act to tighten regulation on the way banks did their business. This act was written as an emergency measure when about 5,000 banks failed during the Great Depression. Banks mostly failed because of the way they would invest with money. The act prohibits banks from investing money on investments that turn out to be risky. Banks could no longer sell securities or bonds. The act also created Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) to protect the deposits of individuals, which is still used to this date. The FDIC in this era insures your deposits in your bank up to $250,000. This gave the public confidence again to deposit their money in the bank. In 1933
In 2010, Congress passed the Dodd-Frank Act. This law requires certain companies to disclose their use of conflict minerals in their products. This proved to be difficult to enforce due to the loopholes in the laws that allow companies to be caught in legal limbo. If the company can prove that their product is conflict free, then they receive a certificate from the Securities and Exchange Commission(SEC). However, if the companies receive the rating of “Undeterminable”, then on their report to the SEC they must describe the entire process as accurately as possible. The company is not required to obtain a private sector audit, and after 2 years they are required to submit another report with no repercussions. This law is not strict enough,
In 2008, the United States encountered a financial crisis that left millions of Americans unemployed and resulted in trillions of dollars lost. The financial regulatory system was the main reason for the cause of the financial crisis by allowing financial institutions to operate with little or no supervision. It also allowed for lenders to use hidden fees and fine print to take advantage of consumers (Wolin, 2011). President Obama signed the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act in response to the crisis on July 21, 2010, the intention of this act is to prevent another major collapse of the financial institution industry and geared to protecting consumers with rules to keep borrowers from abusive lending and mortgage practices
Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act that was signed into law in July of 2010 sparked bitter controversy. Appropriately argued by American Banker’s Capitol Hill reporter Victoria Finkle, Dodd-Frank is viewed as either a “landmark law that reined in the biggest banks” or an “economy-crippling overreach that burdened small institutions.” The Act intends to tighten financial regulation in the U.S., hoping to prevent the repeat of another financial crisis. Impetus for Dodd-Frank stemmed from the bailout of financial institutions deemed “too big to fail” and the moral hazard it created.
Congress has discovered that the Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010 that created the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau or CFPB is fatally flawed and dangerous to traditional banking interests, politicians and lenders. The Huffington Post reports that ther bureau has become everybody's favorite target for reform or abolishment, and these stakeholders include people from opposite asides of the political specturm like the American Bankers Association and banking-system critic Rep. Spencer Bachus (R-Alaska). The CFPB, which was expected to target payday and predatory lenders,
In the past hundred years, the United States has dealt with and overcome many difficult situations. Many believe that those specific situations revolved around wars or terrorist, but the sad part is that, many of those difficult situations were cause by the people who are in charge of our country. The culprits behind these problems are generally greedy people who have access to higher power or are in control. Examples of those people are individuals in congress, the white house and many people on Wall Street. A great example of a difficult and unfair situation is how Wall Street killed this hopeful financial reform. A few years ago, Obama signed the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Act and Consumer Protection Act. This Act was created so that the bad
Financial legislation has always played a crucial role in the safety and soundness of the banking industry. Since the 2008 financial crisis, mostly caused by loose lending practices and lack of credit standards, bank regulation pressures have increased considerably. The increased regulatory burden is playing a toll on community financial institutions who cannot keep up with the overhead cost it takes to meet the new regulations. It is frustrating community bankers since most new regulation was written for the “too big to fail” banks as they were the majority driver of the subpar lending practices.
Dodd-Frank Repeal. The Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act (S.2155) was the most significant overhaul of the banking sector to become law since Dodd-Frank was enacted in 2010. The House Congressional leaders agreed to vote on the compromise bill that Senate Republicans negotiated with enough Democrats in exchange for a promise that a broader set of House-passed rollbacks will get a vote later this year. As a result, S.2155 contains marginal changes and exemptions from existing rules and regulations for smaller banks. It also relieves some larger bank holding companies from some of Dodd-Frank’s heightened regulations. Unfortunately, Mercatus research had little to no effect on substantial policy issues or discussions.