Articles Tagged with Dodd Frank

imgresIn the short term, a Donald Trump presidency might help markets. That’s right, all the cataclysmic talk of the markets immediately seizing are likely inaccurate. However, in the long term, the United States may have some serious fiscal issues. First, Donald Trump the new rule from the Department of Labor requiring brokerage firms to act in the best interests of their clients in 401(k) plans will likely be repealed.

Barbara Roper, the director of investor protection at the Consumer Federation of America says, Republicans “have made it clear that rolling back those protections will be on the agenda of a Republican administration.”

Second, President-elect Trump has pledged to reduce taxes exponentially across the board. Currently, the tax rate for married couples filing jointly is seven separate tax brackets with the highest being 39.6% for all income earned over $466,951. Trump proposes a 3 tax brackets with the highest being 33% for all income earned over $225,000. Trump has also proposed eliminating the estate tax, which currently taxes 40% on all money inherited over $5.45 million and reducing business taxes from 35% to 15%. Forty-seven percent of these tax cuts will go to the richest 1% according to Forbes.

On November 12, 2013, Senator Elizabeth Warren warned that the “too big to fail” problem has only worsened since the 2008 financial crisis. JP Morgan Chase & Co., Bank of America Corp., Citigroup Inc., and Well Fargo & Co. each hold more than half of the total banking assets in the country. As large concentrations of wealth reside with a small number of banks, the possibility of another financial crisis looms unless certain reforms are implemented.

While the big banks become more concentrated and more complex, the Dodd-Frank Act’s implementation struggles. The agencies implementing the Dodd-Frank Act have missed more than 60% of the deadlines even though regulators continue to meet with various banks. Not only are regulators dragging their feet, but also the House recently passed two bills to delay provisions of the Dodd-Frank Acts. The Retail Investor Protection Act (RIPA) prevents the Department of Labor from defining circumstances under which an individual is considered a fiduciary. The Swaps Regulatory Improvement Act (SRIA) amends the swaps push-out requirement. The two bills passed by the House compound the delays of the regulatory implementation.

Although the House continues to hinder the Dodd-Frank Act, Senator Warren believes Congress needs to step in order to prevent another financial crisis. Senator Warren along with Senators John McCain, Maria Cantwell and Angus King urges the passage of the “21st Century Glass-Steagall Act.” As Senator Warren stated, the new Glass-Steagall Act, “would reduce failures of the big banks by making banking boring, protecting deposits, and providing stability to the system even in bad times.”