Derivatives amendment showdown

BUSINESS-US-FINANCIAL-ACCOUNTINGEnemies on all sides are coming down on Arkansas Democratic U.S. Senator Blanche Lincoln’s amendment to the regulatory reform bill that would rid banks of their lucrative derivatives business which played such a huge rule in the 2008 financial crash.  Law Professor Cornelius Hurley, director of the Morin Center for Banking and Financial Law and a former counsel to the Fed Board of Governors, feels that the only problem with the amendment is that it doesn’t go far enough to drive “toxic” derivatives out of the bank-holding company temple entirely.

“By lodging this casino activity in bank holding company affiliates she runs the risk of the Fed doing in the next crisis exactly what it has done in this one, namely waiving the rigid rules that are supposed to separate banks from their holding company affiliates.”

Contact Cornelius Hurley, 617-353-5427, ckhurley@bu.edu

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