Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Dodd-Frank Act… legislative surrealism!

The Dodd-Frank Act signed today seems to me a surrealistic piece of legislation. 

Though the United States in June 2004 formally committed to implementing the Basel II bank regulations; and though the SEC in April 2004 delegated supervision decisions to the Basel Committee, surrealistically, there is not one single mention of these regulations, or of the Basel Committee for Banking Supervision, in all 848 pages of the Dodd-Frank Act. And this though the Act makes reference to foreign organizations like the Extractive Industry Transparency Review (EITI). It would seem like someone somewhere, has been playing some dirty tricks on someone.

PS. (Dated later) And it does not mention the fact that risk-weighted capital requirements for banks, in the home of the brave, does seem to be quite un-American. What do you mean regulators about discriminating against "the risky", those who are already being discriminated by the banks because they are perceived as risky?

The fact that the distortions in the allocation of bank credit caused by the risk-weighted capital requirements had not been understood, much less accepted, made it impossible for the Dodd-Frank Act to really serve its purpose... in many ways... by opening discussions on so many other fronts and thereby distracting the attention from what most urgently matters, only made it worse.

PS. Homeland Security. Bad regulations could be used as a lethal weapon of terrorism

PS. The complaint I presented to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau