Wall Street reform

Shadow Banking: The $67 Trillion Threat to the U.S. Economy

Shadow banking. The name alone sounds ominous -- and it should. Operating out of the spotlight of regulation, the shadow banking system could, given the right conditions, leap from its dark, financial hiding place and bring the U.S. economy to its knees, just like it nearly did in 2008.

How a Debit Card Fee Cut Backfired on Merchants

Washington's efforts at financial reform keep having strange and unintended consequences. In response to a law that was meant to lower excessive debit card transaction fees on merchants, Visa and Mastercard found a way to raise the fees on a host of small businesses.

Why You Should Care
About the Volcker Rule

This week, the government took a big first step toward shutting down the Can't Lose Room in the Wall Street Casino. It's now one comment period away from enacting the Volcker Rule, which limits the kinds of risky investments banks can make with money insured by the U.S. taxpayer.

Is Dodd-Frank Reshaping Wall Street Already?

Some top financial institutions are moving surprisingly quickly to reshape the way they operate in the wake of the financial regulation reform law. Question is: Did the legislation force their hands, or is this just a good time for big banks to rethink their business?

Pay Czar Feinberg to Ask for Stronger Clawback Provisions

Wall Street "pay czar" Kenneth Feinberg will ask several financial firms to strengthen so-called clawback provisions, but will not force them to recover bonuses paid at the height of the financial crisis, CNBC reported. Clawback provisions allow companies to reclaim compensation given to employees if, for instance, the employee is found to have caused significant losses for the firm.

House Passes Wall Street Reform Bill, Senate Holds Off

Nearly two years after the nation's banking system imploded, the House Democrats passed a financial regulatory reform bill intended to avoid the calamity's recurrence. The Senate delayed action on the bill as Dems try to muster the needed votes.

Senate Set to Begin Voting on Financial Reform Bill

The Senate will begin voting on amendments to the financial reform bill Tuesday. The bill would create a new consumer protection watchdog within the Federal Reserve; increase bank supervision; and end "too big to fail" bailouts.