Financial reform took one step forward on Wednesday, when the House agreed to pass a new bill that would rewrite the nation’s financial regulations. The bill still needs to pass through the Senate. But assuming financial regulation does get an overhaul, what can we expect from financial exchange traded funds (ETFs)?
According to Damian Paletta and Greg Hitt of The Wall Street Journal, the focus now shifts to the Senate, where doubts linger about whether Democrats will get enough support to pass the bill.
In the House, the bill was approved 237-192, with three Republicans joining the Democrats and 19 Democrats joining the Republicans. Potentially, key Republican support was fostered in the Senate after Democrats removed the $19 billion tax on large financial institutions. [Financial ETFs Wait…and Wait.]
One potential (and key) Republican supporter is Senator Susan Collins, who said she was “inclined to support” the bill, after the Democrats removed the $19 billion tax.
Financial Select Sector SPDR (NYSEArca: XLF): This would be a straight bullish play on financial regulation. “The thinking here is that FinReg is in fact toothless and the large will continue to get larger while pushing out smaller banks.”