Deregulating Derivatives: What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

Matt Stoller writes: Earlier this week, the House Ag Committee marked up some bills deregulating derivatives. I don’t think they were expecting anyone to really notice, but there was a bunch of press on what they did.

The next step in the legislative process is for the House Financial Services Committee to look at the bills. That will take place in April.

Here’s a round-up.

Bloomberg: Wall Street May Win Swap-Rule Reprieve in U.S. House Legislation

Mother Jones: Sneaky House Bill Would Gut Financial Reform

Huffington Post: Wall Street Deregulation Advances As Top Democrat Warns That Vote Could ‘Haunt’ Congress

The New Republic (by Jeff Connaughton): Financial Reform Is Being Dismantled. Why Doesn’t President Obama Seem to Care?

Salon: Is JPMorgan a farmer?

Huffington Post: Wall Street Deregulation Garners Bipartisan Support Despite Devastating JPMorgan Report

Talk Radio News Service: Get Ready For Another Derivative Meltdown

Video: Jim Himes, House Democrat, Defends Bill To Weaken Dodd-Frank Derivatives Rule

To which we are compelled to add this quote from John Kenneth Galbraith:

“There can be few fields of human endeavor in which history counts for so little as in the world of finance. Past experience, to the extent that it is part of memory at all, is dismissed as the primitive refuge of those who do not have the insight to appreciate the incredible wonders of the present.”

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