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Dodd-Frank: Dying on the Vine?

Posted by William Byrnes on October 31, 2011


The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Dodd-Frank) was endorsed by President Obama as an asset providing the “strongest consumer financial protections in history.” However, almost a  year after the Act was introduced, implementation of its broad reforms is slowing

The complexity of the Act is the root of it’s first problem: The bill came in at an overwhelming 2,319 pages, or 300,000 words, about half the length of the entire Christian Bible. By comparison, other paradigm-shifting financial acts were short-stories; the Federal Reserve Act was 31 pages, Glass-Steagall was 37 pages, and Sarbanes-Oxley was 66 pages long. Even the gargantuan Health Reform Act was shorter than Dodd-Frank. Consequently, even the Federal government can’t  fully ascertain the Act.

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For previous coverage of the debt limit fight in Advisor’s Journal, see Storm Clouds over U.S. Debt (CC 11-85).

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Wall Street Reform Act Mandates Study of Financial Planning Industry

Posted by William Byrnes on October 26, 2010


The federal government is taking the first steps toward regulating financial planners. The Financial Planning Association and other industry groups are welcoming the prospect of federal oversight. The federal push toward regulation is motivated by a perceived widespread misuse of “Financial Planner” and other similar designations.

The Wall Street Reform Act requires the Government Accountability Office to study state and federal regulation of persons who hold themselves out as financial planners. The study will consider whether there are regulatory gaps in federal and state law that permit unregistered financial planners and others who provide planning services to escape regulation. The use of �misleading titles, designations and marketing materials� by financial planners will also be scrutinized to determine whether current law adequately protects consumers.

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For previous coverage of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform Act in Advisor�s Journal, see Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (CC 10-35)Hedge Fund Must Now Register with the SEC Under the New Wall Street Reform Act (CC 10-45), & The Federal Insurance Office.

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