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    The Volcker Rule: Three Years and Nearly 1,000 Pages Later

    Five financial regulatory agencies have completed the final rules to implement the Volcker Rule, a regulation required by the Dodd–Frank bill that is supposed to protect taxpayers by restricting banks’ financial activity. The rule would prohibit banks from engaging in what’s known as proprietary trading—that is, making risky investments solely … More

    Volcker Rule Gets Stuck on Reality

    Slate seems to have picked up on a classic regulatory problem that relates to the (still being finalized) version of the new Volcker Rule. The problem? Regulations often sound reasonable but are practically impossible to implement. Officially, the 2010 Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (known as Dodd–Frank) required … More

    Morning Bell: Don't Fear the Free Market

    The lingering headline on the front pages this week is that JP Morgan Chase suffered a massive loss on a hedging strategy, costing them $2 billion. That’s no small mistake, and it’s an example of how bad decisions in the free market can cost big money. But just because mistakes … More

    JPMorgan Loses $2 Billion; Still Beats Postal Service

    JPMorgan Chase’s $2 billion trading loss is top news nationwide. But over at the U.S. Postal Service (USPS), such losses are business as usual. USPS reported a typical (for it) $3.2 billion loss for the most recent quarter. Try that comparison on for size. JPMorgan Chase incurred a “whale” of … More

    JPMorgan Chase Losses: No Reason for More Regulation

    JPMorgan Chase’s announcement that it has lost $2 billion in a failed hedge strategy sent shock waves through the financial world yesterday. And in Washington, the reaction has had a political tone, with calls to accelerate adoption of the “Volcker Rule” limiting investments by banks. But policymakers should take a … More

    Dodd Bill Could Mean Trouble for USAA

    Sen. Christopher Dodd insists that his financial reform bill is aimed at Wall Street companies. But USAA, the well-known financial-services company for members of the U.S. military and their families, is worried that it will wind up caught in the Dodd bill dragnet. In a rare move, USAA CEO Joe … More