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Pennsylvania + Wall provides commentary on a broad range of current financial, economic and regulatory reform topics. The views expressed are those of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the position of SIFMA.

March 14, 2012

By the Numbers: Tracking Systemic Risk

By Thomas Price and David Strongin

LEI EventToday, SIFMA held a seminar on the legal entity identifier (LEI) initiative in coordination with our global affiliate, GFMA. The development of a uniform, globally consistent LEI framework is critically important for improving systemic risk management across the global financial industry. As such, helping to move this initiative forward is one of our top priorities. .... Read more...

March 07, 2012

Letter to the Editor: New Bank Regulations

By Tim Ryan

 Tim RyanAppearing today on the New York Times website, SIFMA President & CEO Tim Ryan responded to the February 27 editorial "Not What Paul Volcker Had in Mind."

To the Editor:

Your Feb. 28 editorial “Not What Paul Volcker Had in Mind” raises concerns about industry comments about the Volcker rule, a provision of the Dodd-Frank financial reform law, but disregards the damaging effects this rule could have on markets.
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March 01, 2012

Data Deadline and DOL

By Lisa Bleier

DOL, Fiduciary, ERISA, Retirement

Today, SIFMA along with IRI and FSR responded to the Department of Labor’s (DOL) request about what information we trades and our member firms could provide as part of the Department’s “expanded” regulatory impact analysis of their proposed change to the definition of a fiduciary under ERISA, which impacts 401(k) plans and Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs).  

The bottom line of our letter: we continue to work with our member firms on identifying information we can provide to the DOL, but many questions remain, especially just how the Department will use this information.  .... Read more...



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