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John Dalton: There’s still time to fix Fannie and Freddie

OpEd by John Dalton, President of the Housing Policy Council: It’s 2016, and since 2008, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have been in government conservatorship. Does that mean it’s time to give up on reforming the housing finance system? The answer is no. It is still possible to move away from this government-sponsored enterprise model and create...

Podcast: Chris Feeney on Why Regulators, Agencies Need to Avoid Conflicting Advice on Cyber Guidance

Conflicting cybersecurity guidance from banking regulators and a federal agency is making it more difficult for CISOs to set priorities, says Chris Feeney, president of BITS, the technology and policy division of the Financial Services Roundtable. Regulators and agencies need to improve collaboration so they can send a consistent message about the...

Final verdict on the cybersecurity bill

THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY — After years of fighting over cybersecurity information sharing legislation, Congress is poised to send a bill to the president today as part of the omnibus spending package. The House Rules Committee blocked an amendment to strip the cybersecurity language, and the overall omnibus is expected to pass the House...

Why banks are ditching ‘.com’ for ‘.bank’

European banks have rushed to acquire the more secure domain name ".bank", after more than 4,000 registrations were made in the U.S. for the web address. So far, over 500 European financial institutions have signed up to have this special domain, and the reason is "consumer protection," according to the chief executive of domain name seller,...

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Misguided ‘Fiduciary’ Rule

By Mark Swartz, who offers securities through AXA Advisors, LLC and investment advisory products and services through AXA Advisors, LLC, an investment advisor registered with the SEC. // Both Democratic and Republican legislators have expressed concerns about proposed regulations from the Obama administration that will change the way Americans...