The Dodd-Frank regulatory reform act in the US gives banks plenty of time to adjust to its Volcker Rule, the disallowance of proprietary trading.
The law itself provides them with lots of
wiggle-room, with implementation left to the
Next, the FSOC will have to finalise the rules (expected in June) and circulate them for discussion and push-back from lobbyists. Then there will be a lengthy period allowed for the banks to put them into effect. It could all take years.
The FSOC study acknowledges that the distinction between "permissible" and "impermissible" trading may be difficult to make. Market-making, for example, is allowed under Dodd-Frank. This is defined by the banks as trading with or on behalf of clients.
The banks say there is no proprietary trading if any position held was acquired assisting a client. Also, virtually all trading today is financed in the market, through the repo or secured loan markets, so prop trading is hard to identify simply as being financed by a firm's own money.
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