Dodd Frank Wall Street Reform And Consumer Protection Act

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Dodd Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act

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 Dodd Frank Act consists of five components as described in the
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