Volcker: U.S. Should Have Fewer Financial Regulatory Agencies

From: Wall Street Journal

By Liz Moyer

Former Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker said the U.S. doesn’t need six financial regulatory agencies and the current system has overlaps and loopholes that play into the hands of lobbyists.

Speaking at a luncheon before the Economic Club of New York, which gave him a leadership excellence award, Volcker said only two or three agencies were needed. He said he thought the Fed should be one of those, and one overseeing depositary institutions would also be necessary.

Germany: New Regulatory Requirements For Algorithmic And High Frequency Trading

Editor’s Note:  Federal agencies can benefit from studying foreign regulators’ work before deciding to undertake their own regulatory experiments.

From: Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Article by Gunnar Schuster and Alexandra Dreibus


The German Parliament adopted new regulatory requirements for algorithmic and high frequency trading. In the future, high frequency traders on German regulated markets or MTFs will be subject to a license requirement.

DTCC Survey Shows Impact of New Regulations as Top Concern in Addressing Systemic Risks

From: DTCC

Survey Polls Industry Leaders on Biggest Challenges to Mitigating Risk

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 09, 2013--

The impact of new regulations in the financial services industry is by far the most important systemic-risk concern facing the global capital markets, according to a recent client survey conducted by The Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation (DTCC). The survey revealed that 82% of industry leaders ranked meeting new regulatory requirements as a top concern in mitigating systemic risks.

Payday loans: Washington needs to step in and regulate the industry

Editor’s Note:  As CRE explained more than six years ago, regulation of payday-type loans requires strict agency compliance with the Data Quality Act and other “good government” laws.

From: The Guardian

Helaine Olen

A bill to reduce Alabama’s 456%-high interest rate failed this week, further proof that Washington needs to step in now 

The latest evidence that we need Washington to step in and provide comprehensive reform of the payday loan industry came this weekend courtesy of the state of Alabama, where legislation that would have capped such loans at a 36% interest rate died in the final hours of the state legislative session.

Be careful, Twitter warns

From: News24

San Francisco – Twitter issued a warning to media organisations to improve the security of their tweeting procedures following several high profile hacks in recent weeks.

Meanwhile, federal financial market regulators meeting in Washington discussed risks to the financial market from such cyber attacks on social media channels.

In a memo sent to hundreds of media outlets and posted on the Buzzfeed.com website, the internet company said that the hacking incidents appeared to have stemmed from “spear phishing” attacks that masquerade as legitimate e-mails targeting the journalists running media organisations’ Twitter accounts.