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The Hearing: June 21, 2009 - June 27, 2009

The Case for Safer Savings Defaults

This guest post by Zvi Bodie and Jonathan Treussard recommends concrete steps to improve consumer financial literacy, the subject of a hearing today by the House Financial Services Committee. We think that the investment companies that now hold much of...

By Terri Rupar  |  June 25, 2009; 12:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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The Fed's New Role

This is a guest post from Harvard professor Hal S. Scott. Some commentators contend the Obama administration’s regulatory reform proposal would create a “Fed dictatorship.” To be sure, the proposal increases the responsibilities of the Fed in important respects. But...

By Tim Lawson  |  June 25, 2009; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Regulation  
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Investigating Predatory Lending: Reverse Redlining

Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.) filed this guest post. Today, I will chair a hearing of the Joint Economic Committee that will examine the economic impact of reverse redlining – the practice of targeting minority borrowers and senior citizens to receive...

By Tim Lawson  |  June 25, 2009; 6:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Consumer-Protection Showdown

It’s a showdown on Capitol Hill today as advocates of greater consumer protection vis-a-vis the finance industry go head-to-head with representatives of that industry. In the blue corner before the House Financial Services Committee, we have Rep. Bill Delahunt (D),...

By Terri Rupar  |  June 24, 2009; 9:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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The Case for a Consumer Protection Agency

This guest post is from Ellen Harnick from the Center for Responsible Lending. Over the past decade, federal bank regulators looked the other way as responsible loans were crowded out of the market by aggressively marketed financial products carrying hidden...

By Terri Rupar  |  June 24, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Making Financial Regulation Work: A Systemic Risk Regulator

This is part of a series on The Hearing called "Making Financial Regulation Work." The guest post is from Dean Baker, co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research. One of the major debates around President Obama’s plan for...

By Terri Rupar  |  June 22, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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On Regulating Credit-Default Swaps

This afternoon, the Senate Banking Committee will be holding a hearing on over-the-counter derivatives. This is what I would be asking about: One part of the Obama administration's financial reform plan is tighter regulation of credit-default swaps -- those previously...

By James Kwak  |  June 22, 2009; 6:23 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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