The Obama administration has been saying that it will provide better financial regulation, and the U.S. Senate made some progress by passing two amendments aimed at obviating another copious taxpayer bailout of Wall Street. Big banks and related financial exchange traded funds (ETFs) wait on when the bills will become law.
The Senate voted an overwhelming 93 to 5 for a plan to set up a new government protocol for seizing and dismantling large financial firms that are in distress, ending the “too big to fail” possibility, as stated in CNBC. Analysts expect the bill to be enacted into law in a matter of weeks, but Republicans, Wall Street and banking interests have worked to weaken and delay legislation.
The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. will be able to manage an “orderly liquidation” process for troubled firms that would pose a risk to the banking system if they were on the brink of collapse. Additionally, the Senate approved an amendment specifying that taxpayer money cannot be used to bail out troubled firms. [How to Protect Yourself.]
Overhauling financial regulation could also improve oversight of complex derivatives transactions through greater transparency, which could prove to be a boon for financial clearinghouses and exchange operations like the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME), the IntercontinentalExchange (ICE) and LCH.Clearnet, reports Robert O’Harrow Jr. for The Washington Post. [Why Some Are Bullish on Financial ETFs.]