Derivatives

House Democrats Defeat Effort to Deregulate Wall Street

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Today, after leading the effort to oppose House Republicans’ renewed attack on the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform Act, Ranking Member Maxine Waters (D-CA), praised Democrats for standing strong to oppose, and ultimately defeat, the measure. Republicans attempted to move a package of 11 bills that contained controversial changes to provisions relating to derivatives and Volcker rule. The legislation...

Waters: Holding in Swaps Case a “Major Victory” for Financial Reform

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Following the news that the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia largely rejected a challenge to the way the Commodity Futures Trading Commission applies its derivatives rules overseas, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA) Ranking Member of the Financial Services Committee, released the following statement: “Today, proponents of financial reform secured a major victory as a U.S. district...

Wall Street Faces New U.S. Scrutiny of Derivatives Tactic

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Wall Street banks face heightened scrutiny from the Commodity Futures Trading Commission over their latest tactic to escape U.S. trading rules for overseas derivatives. The regulator sent letters today to JPMorgan Chase & Co. (JPM), Goldman Sachs Group Inc. (GS), Bank of America Corp., Citigroup Inc. (C), and Morgan Stanley (MS) seeking further information about the practice of removing parent-com...

Waters Calls for Increased Scrutiny of Overseas Derivatives Trading

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In the wake of recent reports that U.S. banks are restructuring overseas derivatives transactions to sidestep critical protections enacted under the Wall Street Reform Act, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Ranking Member of the Financial Services Committee, has called on the top U.S. derivatives regulator to “thoroughly investigate” the removal of U.S. guarantees from arrangements between U.S. ...

Waters: CFTC Should Look Closely at Foreign Derivative Deals

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The top Democrat on the House Financial Services Committee is pushing the Commodity Futures Trading Commission to examine whether U.S. banks are trying to skirt new curbs on derivatives trading. In a letter to the new head of the regulator, Timothy Massad, Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) said she was worried American institutions were trying to avoid new rules on derivatives trading by isolating the...

Waters Presses CFTC on Overseas Derivatives

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WASHINGTON — Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., is urging the Commodity Futures Trading Commission to examine banks' efforts to sidestep U.S. swaps trading rules. The move comes after several recent reports examining an effort by banks to change agreements at foreign guaranteed affiliates to remove references to a guarantee by the U.S. bank to avoid new, stricter domestic oversight. The top Democrat on...

Waters, Barney Frank release Statements in Opposition to H.R. 992

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Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA) and Former Representatives Barney Frank today released the statements in opposition to H.R. 992, the Swaps Regulatory Improvement Act. Waters led opposition on the House Floor and expressed her concerns about weakening of Dodd-Frank reforms before regulators have completed them. Waters stated: “The financial crisis of 2008 wreaked untold havoc on the US economy. ...

Majority of Democrats Join Waters in Opposition to Derivatives Deregulation

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Congresswoman Maxine Waters, Ranking Member of the House Financial Services Committee, made the following statement today on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives. Ranking Member Waters opposed the passage of H.R. 1256, the Swap Jurisdiction Certainty Act, under closed rule. Ranking Member Waters led the debate noting that H.R. 1256 handcuffs our regulators reach overseas, and instead for...

Ranking Member Waters' Opening Statement at Today's Hearing with Treasury Secretary Lew

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Congresswoman Maxine Waters, Ranking Member of the House Financial Services Committee, delivered the following statement at today's full Committee hearing with Treasury Secretary Lew: Thank you very much Mr. Chairman. I am very pleased to welcome Secretary Lew to his first appearance before the Financial Services Committee to deliver the annual report of the Financial Stability Oversight Council a...

Waters’ Opening Statement at Mark-up on Derivatives Legislation

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Congresswoman Maxine Waters, Ranking Member of the House Financial Services Committee, made the following statement at a meeting of the Committee held today to mark up legislation addressing the nation’s derivatives markets: Mr. Chairman, thank you for holding this mark-up this morning on a broad package of bills related to a wide-range of issues facing this Committee. Let me open this mark-up dis...

Waters Praises FSOC, Calls for Review of Bills Amending Derivatives Provisions in Dodd-Frank

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Congresswoman Maxine Waters, Ranking Member of the House Financial Services Committee, today released the following statement in reaction to the annual report of the Financial Stability Oversight Council (FSOC). Waters praises the FSOC’s work to monitor systemic risk and identify potential vulnerabilities in the financial system. Ranking Member Waters also calls on members of the Council to pay cl...



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