Published Opeds on Financial Reform: October 2010 Archives Interviews Viral Acharya

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Regulating Wall Street Co-Editor Viral Acharya talks to Viv Davies, Chief Operating Officer at the Centre for Economic Policy Research, about the new book, Regulating Wall Street: The Dodd-Frank Act and the new architecture of global finance. He discusses the success and failings of the Dodd-Frank Act and its implications for the US financial system. He outlines the crucial role of derivatives, the new council of systemic risk, SIFIs and the different approaches to resolution in the US and Europe. Acharya compares the Basel III proposals with the US reforms and suggests what should be priorities for discussion at the upcoming G20 summit.

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by Viral Acharya, Thomas F. Cooley, Matthew Richardson, Richard Sylla and Ingo Walter

The global crisis started in US financial markets (Cecchetti 2007). US financial reform was thus always going to be a central pillar in the world's effort to avoid such crises in the future (Baldwin and Eichengreen 2008, Reinhart 2008, Acharya and Richardson 2009). After long deliberation and political haggling, the reform is finally ready in the form of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010. This is widely described as the most ambitious and far-reaching overhaul of financial regulation in the US since the 1930s. Together with other regulatory reforms introduced by the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Federal Reserve (the Fed), and other regulators in the US and Europe, it is going to change the structure of financial markets in profound ways.

In our forthcoming book, Regulating Wall Street: The Dodd-Frank Act and the New Architecture of Global Finance, we provide our overall assessment of the legislation in three different ways:

  • From first principles in terms of how economic theory suggests we should regulate the financial sector;
  • In a comparative manner, relating the proposed reforms to those that were undertaken in the 1930s following the Great Depression;
  • How the proposed reforms would have fared in preventing and dealing with the crisis of 2007 to 2009 had they been in place at the time.
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The Dodd-Frank Act, signed into law in July 2010, represented the most significant and controversial overhaul of the U.S. financial regulatory system since the Great Depression. Forty NYU Stern faculty, including editors Viral V. Acharya, Thomas F. Cooley, Matthew P. Richardson, and Ingo Walter, provide a definitive analysis of the Act, expose key flaws and propose solutions to inform the rules’ adoption by regulators, in a new book, Regulating Wall Street: The Dodd-Frank Act and the New Architecture of Global Finance (Wiley, November 2010).

About Restoring Financial Stability

Previously, many of these faculty developed 18 independent policy papers offering market-focused solutions to the financial crisis, which were published in a book, Restoring Financial Stability: How to Repair a Failed System (Wiley, March 2009).

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