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On May 22, 2020, 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.  The CFTC... Read More
The CFTC has proposed new limits for speculative trading in commodty markets. For nearly 10 years we have called on the CFTC to implement meaningful position limits, and while this proposal represents some progress... Read More
Updated May 19, 2020 A dangerous conflict of interest lies embedded in the “issuer-pays” business model that most credit rating agencies (“CRAs”) prefer: The companies that issue bonds and need... Read More
According to the plaintiffs (now Petitioners), the defendants in Atlantic Trading v. BP LLC. manipulated the spot price of brent crude oil by submitting false data on oil transactions to a price reporting service in... Read More
Better Markets urges the Supreme Court to grant a petition for certiorari and review a Second Circuit’s decision that, unless reversed, will immunize manipulation of U.S. futures markets by those... Read More
Another devastating financial and economic crisis is engulfing the nation just twelve years after the last one in 2008.  The first priority must be to respond as fully and effectively as possible with measures that will... Read More
The Office of Management and Budget, the agency responsible for implementing the President's regulatory objectives, has issued a request for information (RFI) seeking ways to reform the enforcement of federal rules. The... Read More
On March 9, 2020, Better Markets filed a comment letter on the Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s (“CFTC”) proposed framework for applying the Dodd-Frank Act’s swaps requirements to certain non-U.... Read More
As part of the 2020 Presidential Race, Better Markets is encouraging participants to "Talk About the Economy" among the many other important issues that will need to be weighed before Election Day in November 2020... Read More
The President’s fiscal year 2021 budget for the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) is misleadingly presented as a 7% increase when he is de facto proposing to slash the budget by more than 20%. Chronic... Read More
As part of the 2020 Presidential Race, Better Markets is encouraging participants to "Talk About the Economy" among the many other important issues that will need to be weighed before Election Day in November 2020... Read More
In November 2019, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (“FDIC”) issued a Request for Information (“RFI”) seeking comment on various approaches it was considering for analyzing the effects of its... Read More
BRIEF DESCRIPTION: Most states have usury laws protecting their residents from predatory lenders who would gouge consumers with outrageous interest rates and fees.  But non-banks have identified a loophole that gets... Read More
On the eve of Goldman Sachs’ first investor day, Better Markets releases a RAP Sheet Report detailing two decades of illegal behavior by Goldman Sachs as reflected in major legal actions against the bank and tallying... Read More
INTRODUCTION: VOTER EDUCATION ECONOMICS SCORECARD View PDF Version The economy is one of the most important issues to American voters, regardless of party affiliation.  This makes sense, given how much economic... Read More
BRIEF DESCRIPTION: A detailed explanation of recent issues effecting the Treasury repo market, why the market matters, and the facts and assertions concerning the contributing factors.
WHAT TO EXPECT IN 2020 The Financial Stability Oversight Council (FSOC), who’s voting members comprise the heads of the top financial regulatory agencies including, but not limited to the SEC, CFTC, FDIC, CFPB, OCC... Read More
Court: United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit Better Markets Position: Arguing in support of a challenge (by the petitioners) to the SEC's Regulation Best Interest Petitioners: XY Planning Network, LLC;... Read More

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