James Allen, CFA, head of Americas capital markets policy at CFA Institute, reports on the Johnson-Crapo mortgage finance reform bill. The podcast also covers over-the-counter derivatives, discusses systemic risk associated with central clearinghouses, and provides the investor perspective on credit rating agency reform. This podcast was recorded on 9 June.
Critics of the European Securities and Markets Authority's partial restrictions on binary options trading say the regulator should have gone further and banned the activity. Instead, ESMA has extended restrictions imposed in July for three months and has permitted trading to continue in certain circumstances. FXStreet (20 Sep.)
A broad stock rally has driven the S&P 500 and the Dow Jones Industrial Average to record highs and the Nasdaq composite to within 1.3% of an all-time high. Investors shrugged off concerns about rising trade tensions with China and instead focused on weeks of steadily improving US economic data. MarketWatch (20 Sep.)
Turkey will slash public spending to reduce its deficit and to get inflation under control, Finance Minister Berat Albayrak says. Measures to prevent economic problems from turning into a crisis will reduce economic growth this year and next year, he says. Deutsche Welle (Germany) (20 Sep.)
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