Posts Tagged ‘financial reform’

FDIC Chairman Sheila C. Bair: Financial Literacy Is Key In Preventing Another Financial Crisis

In a speech to the Operation Hope Financial Forum, FDIC Chairman Bair said that educating consumers about finances is a key ingredient to preventing another financial crisis. You can read her full speech here.

While she does also say that regulation is needed to protect people from bad loans, the bulk of her remarks seem to be aimed at the necessity of financial education.  Certainly, no one will disagree that arming people with financial knowledge is a good thing.  However, education is not enough.


Congressman Barney Frank Optimistic About Financial Reform Bill

Congressman Barney Frank, chairman of the House of Representatives Financial Services Committee believes that Congress can deliver a bill for the president’s signature on financial reform at the end of May.

This is despite Republican senator Corker’s statements yesterday that he would not be voting for the bill in its current form. To refresh your memory, he thinks that the current bill offers consumers too much protection from the banks. 

Right now,  the bill is under consideration by the Senate, which must pass its own version before the two versions are reconciled between both houses of the legislature.

Is Congressman Frank right? I guess we’ll see at the end of May.

Tennessee Republican Now Against Financial Reform


monoploly The Republican senator from the state of Tennessee won’t support the current financial reform bill authored by Democratic senator Chris Dodd because he says it would give consumers too much protection.

His sticking point is the proposed Consumer Financial Protection Agency (CFPA) that has been proposed by financial experts like Elizabeth Warren. Even though there have already been compromises made on the agency, such as locating it within the Federal Reserve instead of it being a completely separate and independent entity, Senator Corker still believes it will have too much power.

He said of the agency :

You can have them making rules and enforcing things that undermine the safety and soundness, for instance, forcing an institution in the pursuit of social justice for instance – I’m just making up something – to make loans to people that have no ability to pay it back.

Obviously, the good Senator Corker is one of those who believe that consumers borrowing more than they could afford to pay back was the sole cause of the collapse. Conveniently, he leaves out Wall Street who created mortgage securitization in the first place in order to take advantage of extremely low interest rates. He neglects to mention the banks who rapaciously demanded more and more mortgages to sell to Wall Street, and the mortgage brokers that convinced families that they could afford $400, 000 dollar homes on meager salaries. The details are beyond the scope of this article, but let’s just say that the financial collapse wasn’t only due to people borrowing more money than they could afford to pay back.

The bottom line is that Republicans don’t want the CFPA at all. In fact, they would like nothing better than to stamp out all financial reform because the banking industry doesn’t like it. An agency that exists only to protect the American people from the predations of Wall Street and the big banks? No, that’s too much protection!

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