SEC nominee has no "specific plans" to tackle Dodd-Frank Act | Index: Investors most optimistic since 2000 | Net $800M leaves global bond ETFs
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March 24, 2017
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SEC nominee has no "specific plans" to tackle Dodd-Frank Act
Jay Clayton, President Donald Trump's nominee to be chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission, said the Dodd-Frank Act should be looked at to see if its objectives are being achieved, but he doesn't have "specific plans for attack" against the law. The SEC should continue its work on rules mandated by Dodd-Frank that haven't yet been completed, he said.
Bloomberg (3/23),  ThinkAdvisor (free registration) (3/23),  The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (3/23),  Financial Times (tiered subscription model) (3/23) 
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Index: Investors most optimistic since 2000
US investor optimism is at the highest level since November 2000, at the end of the tech boom, according to the Wells Fargo/Gallup Investor and Retirement Optimism Index. The benchmark is at 126 for the first quarter, a 30-point increase from Q4's reading.
ThinkAdvisor (free registration) (3/23),  CNBC (3/23),  Barron's (free content) (3/23) 
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Net $800M leaves global bond ETFs
Global bond exchange-traded funds have experienced their first outflow of 2017 as a net $800 million left in the week that ended March 8. The last time the asset class saw outflow was right after the election of President Donald Trump.
Bloomberg Professional (3/20) 
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US reportedly examines N. Korean link to $81M cybertheft
US prosecutors are investigating whether North Korea orchestrated the theft of $81 million from a Bangladeshi account at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, sources say. Chinese middlemen reportedly will be the target if charges are filed.
Bloomberg (3/22),  The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (3/22) 
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Washington Roundup
Paper: Simplify Dodd-Frank, but don't kill it
The US would make a big mistake by taking the Dodd-Frank Act completely off the books, but that doesn't mean the law couldn't be improved, according to a paper by Tobias Adrian and Maurice Obstfeld, chief economist for the International Monetary Fund. "There is certainly room for simplification," they wrote.
Market News International (3/23) 
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CFTC member drafts SEF conflict-of-interest proposal
The derivatives industry needs guidance from the Commodity Futures Trading Commission on how to address conflicts of interest that confront swap-execution facilities, said CFTC member Sharon Bowen. The issue is one of several that will be addressed in a corporate-governance proposal that Bowen plans to submit this year to acting Chairman J. Christopher Giancarlo, she said.
MLex (subscription required) (3/22) 
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Fed official calls for MBS, Treasurys to be run off
The president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas has called for mortgage-backed securities and Treasurys to be rolled off as the central bank prepares to streamline its balance sheet. A clear strategy should be formulated to roll off both securities with minimal disruption, Robert Kaplan says.
Bloomberg (3/23) 
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N.Y. Fed claims success for money market fund rules
The Securities and Exchange Commission's money market rules are achieving their objectives, according to a Federal Reserve Bank of New York report. The rules dictate that prime institutional money market funds, which invest in short-term corporate debt, and institutional municipal money market funds could no longer maintain a consistent $1 share price but must fluctuate to reflect the true value of underlying holdings.
ThinkAdvisor (free registration) (3/23) 
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Operations Update
NYSE objects to CHX speed bump application
The New York Stock Exchange has urged the Securities and Exchange Commission to reject a Chicago Stock Exchange proposal to introduce a trading speed bump, despite having made a similar application for its own venue. NYSE said in a letter to the SEC that the CHX speed bump would contravene the national market system regulation.
The Trade (UK) (3/23) 
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Global Update
EU reportedly to soon reject LSEG-DB merger
The proposed merger of London Stock Exchange Group and Deutsche Boerse will receive a veto from the European Commission, sources say. The announcement could come Wednesday.
Reuters (3/22) 
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