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Predatory high-frequency traders cost investors billions a year. By exploiting technical quirks in the systems individuals use to trade stocks, they are able to turn huge profits at the expense of savers, retirees, and... Read More
On May 22, 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.  Most notably,... Read More
Better Markets submitted a comment letter earlier this month to the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) in response to its proposal to set position limits in derivatives markets for 25 commodities. The CFTC proposal... Read More
Better Markets has called on bank regulators to strengthen, not weaken, limits on capital distributions via dividends and executive bonuses during the unfolding pandemic and economic crisis. This was in response to a... Read More
New evidence indicates that inflated credit ratings are once again contributing to chaos in the financial markets. Steve Hall, Legal Director and Securities Specialist for Better Markets, notes that credit rating... Read More
Earlier this month, Better Markets called on regulators to “finish the job of regulating money market funds so they are no longer so vulnerable to crisis and dependent on taxpayer bailouts.” Better Markets... Read More
In response to the economic crisis caused by COVID-19, the Federal Reserve has established a Main Street Lending Program. Under these facilities, U.S. taxpayers, through the Federal Reserve, will purchase 95 percent... Read More
Better Markets, and many other public interest groups, have repeatedly asked the financial regulators to pause their rulemaking process while the American public grapples with the ongoing Coivd-19 outbreak. This week we sent... Read More
Today, Better Markets joined a coalition of dozens of public interest organizations calling on agencies and other federal government bodies to suspend all rulemakings that are not connected to the response of COVID-19.... Read More
By Stephen Hall and Micah Hauptman (this blog article originally appeared in The FinReg Blog — Commentary by faculty and affiliates of the Duke Law Global Financial Markets Center) Introduction In June 2019, the... Read More
Seeking Justice Dept. Investigation | Industry’s Fraudulent Influence on SEC Rulemaking by Engaging in Wire and Mail Fraud   Better Markets sent a letter to the U.S. Attorney General and the head of the... Read More
Comment Letters | Opposing Industry-Only Cost Analysis as a Trojan Horse To Understate the Public Interest and Overstate Industry Costs to Kill Financial Protection Rules   Cost-benefit analysis (CBA) sounds good... Read More
Press Release | The Shocking Attack on Bank Supervision by the Fed’s Vice Chair for Supervision   The Federal Reserve failed miserably in the years before the 2008 crash.  The facts are pretty clear that... Read More
Supreme Court Brief | Stopping Crooks from Keeping the Money They Rip Off from Investors (Supreme Court Brief here and press release here)   One of the most basic principles of law is that – not matter what... Read More
Op Ed and Fact Sheet | Op Ed (Bloomberg): “Don’t Use Repo Volatility as a Reason to Roll Back Bank Regulations” (Effective Standards Aren’t Causing the Turmoil Despite Claims to the Contrary) and Fact... Read More
Special Report | Goldman Sachs’ 20-Year RAP Sheet of Repeated Illegal Conduct (and the press release)   Goldman Sachs is holding its very first investor meeting in New York today where it is expected to... Read More
Hard to believe, but the SEC recently proposed a rule to gag independent proxy firms from providing their unbiased opinion to investors who hire them. In fact, the SEC is proposing that proxy firms provide their... Read More
The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) exists to protect bank depositors and taxpayers, but – shockingly – the new Chairwoman ranks this priority as a “third goal” behind helping finance... Read More
Ignoring the laws that are supposed to mandate its actions, the SEC has perverted its mission from protecting investors to protecting Corporate America, incumbent management and financial giants. The latest is the... Read More
Although he was a former Chairman of the Federal Reserve and held many other high positions with august titles throughout his storied career, the title Paul Volcker earned, deserved and most cherished was that of “... Read More