The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act: Unresolved Issues of Regulatory Culture and Mindset
45 Pages Posted: 20 Dec 2013
Date Written: 2012
The Dodd-Frank Act in the United States is a major piece of legislation. Some of its reforms are bold, particularly in the areas of consumer protection and derivative trading. However, the regulatory framework of the Act is far from complete. While the broad reform was successfully negotiated through Congress and the Senate, the political challenges are far from over. The full scope and nature of the financial reform will take several years to evolve as the mandated studies and rule making are completed and implemented. We argue that the extent to which the reforms achieve their stated objectives will depend on three factors: (i) the competency, integrity and forcefulness of the federal regulators,(ii) their ability and willingness to supervise the finance industry on an integrated basis, and (iii) their ability to change fundamentally their regulatory culture and mindset.
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