Following the 2008 financial crisis, the Obama administration enacted the Dodd-Frank Act to provide tighter regulations for the banking industry in order to prevent another meltdown. The Act was meant to protect consumers from bad investment advice by requiring banks to be more stringent in their investment and loans processes. However, critics of the act say that it hurts the economy by making it too difficult to borrow money. Now, those critics have their day as President Trump signed an executive order to begin the repeal of Dodd-Frank.
What Does This Dodd-Frank Act Repeal Mean for the Financial Industry?
So far, President Trump is following through on all of his campaign promises. But the one that could have the biggest impact on our economy is Trump’s repeal of Dodd-Frank. The act was put in place to oversee a lack of regulations under Bush and Cheney, which led to the financial collapse (and subsequent recession) of 2008. Are we headed back to the same system which got us into the 2008 mess in the first place?
The act hasn’t actually been repealed. But Trump has promised to dismantle it, using unclear wording with far reach. The Dodd-Frank Act is never actually mentioned by name, but Trump’s latest executive order lays out core principles for regulations which include empowering American investors and improving the competitiveness of American companies. The new order gives the Treasury department almost unprecedented power to “make sure existing laws align with administration goals.”
Supporters of Dodd-Frank say the law is in place to protect consumers, and that Trump is giving Wall Street a huge gift by removing their regulatory hurdled. His theory is that the removal of the act does help Wall Street, but helps consumers and businesses as well by allowing banks to lend more money more frequently to companies, who would then, in turn hire more workers.
But theory and reality are two very different things.
Dodd-Frank has been targeted by conservatives since it was signed into law in 2010. Now, with the right controlling the House and Senate, Dodd-Frank is sure to be dead. And while that may scare supporters of financial regulation, it could actually do exactly what Trump proposes. Banks are in the business of lending. The interest on loans brings in billions for the financial institutions. And with fewer regulations, that lending power goes up significantly. If banks are more willing to loan money, companies which otherwise wouldn’t be able to get loans would be far more likely to now secure capital and launch their big idea.
Watch the latest news from Bloomberg regarding the repeal of the Dodd-frank Act:
Regardless of what results from the repeal, investors would be wise to bet on financials. Giants such as Wells Fargo & Co. (WFC), Bank of America (BAC), and JPMorgan Chase & co (JPM) are all UP on the news, and will continue to rise as a result.
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Is a Second Stimulus Check Still Happening?
This year’s fall season has never been so hectic and anxiety-ridden. Coronavirus is still a thing. Economies are trying to recover, while businesses are trying to reopen. Jobs are slowly coming back, while schools are in flux. The campaign for the presidency kicked up a notch as it winds to its last stages. Lost in the chaos is an important question among Americans. Is a second stimulus check still happening?
Last July, Congress adjourned without coming out with a comprehensive relief program. Both sides continued to negotiate during the break but ended up being further apart. The previous program’s benefits expired on July 31, and until now, there are no new bills. A $600 extra jobless benefit, a moratorium on evictions, and the window to apply for PPP loans all have lapsed since.
President Donald Trump issued executive orders last August that aimed to provide relief. The jury’s still out on the orders, as there were questions on implementation and funding. Now that the Senate is back from recess, there’s hope for a new round of relief for Americans. What the relief package contains is still up for debate.
GOP Proposes the”Skinny Bill”
On Tuesday, Senate Republicans introduced a less-than-expected coronavirus aid bill. It does not have the anticipated stimulus check, but it does have unemployment aid. Instead of the extra $600 unemployment benefit, the GOP proposed half, or $300. The “skinny bill” also includes liability protections for businesses and health-care facilities. It also funded more money for health-care funding and schools. Finally, it also contains the second round of Paycheck Protection Program funding. While the bill provides only a part of the previous relief, it only costs between $500 billion to $700 billion. Unspent funds for Federal Reserve facilities support will cover some of the costs.
All in, $105 billion would go to schools, $16 billion into Covid-19 testing, and $31 billion toward the development and stocking of vaccines. Another $15 billion would go towards childcare grants. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) called it a “targeted proposal.” He said: “We want to agree where bipartisan agreement is possible… get more help out the door and then keep arguing over the rest later.” He hopes that Congress will vote on the proposal later this week.
Democrats Say No Again
In response to the skinny bill, the Democrats remained unimpressed. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) noted that this bill won’t help. In a joint statement, they claimed “Senate Republicans appear dead-set on another bill which doesn’t come close to addressing the problems and is headed nowhere.” Dems criticized the bill because it excluded other sectors that need help. Missing are funds for state governments, rental and mortgage, USPS, and food. As a result, the bill likely will not get the needed 60 votes to pass the Senate. It would also take a miracle to get approval in the Democrat-controlled House.
While acknowledging that Americans need aid, Republicans balk at spending more money. Earlier, they shot down a Democrat stimulus proposal worth $3 trillion. The GOP insisted on a $1 trillion budget and refused to resume talks even when the price tag went down to $2 trillion.
Reacting to the Democrats, McConnell said: “Speaker Pelosi and Leader Schumer said a targeted deal on jobless benefits and the Paycheck Protection Program would be ‘piecemeal,’ but then-Speaker Pelosi came rushing back to pass the most piecemeal bill imaginable: Postal Service legislation.” He noted that this bill “completely ignored the health, economic, and education crises facing families.”
McConnell added: “Everything Speaker Pelosi and Leader Schumer have done suggests one simple motivation: They do not want American families to see any more bipartisan aid before the polls close on President Trump’s re-election. They have taken Americans’ health, jobs, and schools hostage for perceived partisan gain.”
The Deadline is Looming
The November elections are putting the squeeze for incumbents to do something. The White House, in particular, would prefer the release of second stimulus relief aid before the polls. Incumbents facing tough reelection also need party help to boost their chances.
It’s time for parties to realize that there is more than the election at stake. The more important deadline was the one set by everyday Americans. Election year or not, if a second stimulus check will happen, it has to happen now.
Watch CNBC Television: Texas Senator Ted Ruz doesn’t believe Congress likely won’t pass stimulus before Election Day:
Do you think that both parties can come to terms with submitting a bipartisan bill to provide a second stimulus relief package to Americans? Or has the time run out to come up with something? Let us know how you feel about this by leaving your comments below.
American Firms Keep Hiring, Easing Worries of Weakening Economy
The unemployment rate is “now at a half-century low of 3.5%” – this matches the lowest jobless rate since 1969 – and economists have also given a warning that hiring would soon slow because there are fewer unemployed workers. However, in November, employers added 266,000 jobs – the highest number since January. Monthly hiring has averaged 205,000 for the past three months.
Associated Press reported that “Friday’s jobs report largely squelched fears of a recession that had taken hold in the summer. Steady job growth has helped reassure consumers that the economy is expanding and that their jobs and incomes remain secure.”
President Trump tried to focus voter’s attention on the state of the economy instead of his impeachment inquiry. Trump even tweeted “JOBS, JOBS, JOBS!”
Could Trump’s Tariffs Hurt The U.S. Economy?
About a year ago, the media was talking about how Trump’s trade wars could negatively affect many industrial companies, the agricultural sector, and right down to the every day American worker.
The recent stats from Gross Domestic Product has now revealed the current reality of Trump’s multiple front trade war.
Data shows that imports increased, while exports decreased by over 5%. Business investments have declined by 0.6%, and this decline has been happening since 2016. Most North American corporate capital spending is also on a declining trend.
Trumps’s tax reform was short-lived for most American companies. We did not get many benefits from the trade tensions either. U.S. corporate debt is getting much worse and far more significant than household debt.
Many are speculating that the cutting interest rates will lead to more zombie companies that will threaten both the U.S. and global economy.
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