The Securities and Exchange Commission and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority have increased scrutiny of investor fees and high-fee share classes, a shift due partly to the Labor Department's fiduciary rule, as well as a trend toward passive investing, industry participants say. "The regulatory bodies believe that the all-in cost of retirement is too high," said Whitfield Athey, CEO of Delta Data.
Wall Street executives discuss what could go wrong as the bull market continues with historically low volatility and high equities. A run on quant funds, cyberthreats and the health of China's economy top the list of worries.
The Financial Stability Oversight Council recommends creating a private-sector council to identify cybersecurity vulnerabilities, as well as letting regulators monitor private IT contractors. The FSOC says regulators should "ensure that the largest financial institutions have sufficient capital and liquidity to reduce their vulnerability to economic and financial shocks."
Goldman Sachs reportedly wants 100% margin from some clients for clearing bitcoin futures trades, inclusive of margin requirements by Cboe Global Markets and CME Group. "Margin decisions are based on multiple factors and vary on a case-by-case basis," Goldman spokeswoman Tiffany Galvin said.
The changes to how pass-through businesses are taxed in the tax bill could shake up the brokerage industry, some firms fear. The problem stems from the fact that independent brokers would be able to deduct up to 20% on their taxes as a pass-through business while brokers employed at larger firms, including those owned by banks, would not benefit from those deductions, potentially prompting some brokers to switch jobs.
The Commodity Futures Trading Commission is reviewing EU post-trade reporting rules for derivatives transactions to determine whether they can be considered equivalent to US rules. The CFTC exempted 16 EU trading platforms from US registration requirements but didn't address EU post-trade reporting rules.
NJ Transit is proposing a fare surcharge on rail commuters traveling to New York City to help cover the cost of new rail tunnels under the Hudson River. The transit agency said in a letter to the US Department of Transportation that it plans to collect a 90-cent-per-trip surcharge starting in 2020.
Officials at the Metropolitan Transportation Authority are talking about taxing some of the real estate wealth created by the building of transit systems to help fix New York City's subways, a strategy known to urban planners as "value capture." Chairman Joseph Lhota said the agency will ask for legislation allowing it to implement the idea.
The fate of the Republican tax bill became uncertain when Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., said he would not vote for the measure unless the child tax credit is increased, a provision that would increase the cost of the bill. Under congressional rules, the bill can't increase the deficit during the next 10 years by more than $1.5 trillion if Republicans are to pass it without Democratic votes.
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