Big Banks, regulation and the Volcker Rule

Barclay's headquarter in London. Barclays PLC will pay about 453 million US dollars to settle charges that they tried to manipulate interest rates. Other major banks are also under investigation for such violations. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

Hour 1

This week, Barclays Plc chief executive Robert Diamond resigned over an interest-rate fixing scandal. Other big banks including Bank of America, Citibank, and JPMorgan are being investigated by regulators in the U.S., Europe and Asia for colluding to set interest rates. In May, JPMorgan Chase announced that a failed hedging strategy cost the bank $2 billion but new estimates but losses closer to $9 billion.  The 2010 Dodd-Frank financial reform law was supposed to ensure that banks stopped high risk investments but regulators are still trying to put many of those provision into practice including the centerpiece Volcker Rule, named after former Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker. It bans banks from proprietary trading if they receive Federal Reserve funds or have federally insured deposits.  Today, the banking business and regulatory reform – what’s changed since the financial crisis?  We’ll also take a close look at the Volcker Rule and find out what it is and how it could change Wall Street.  We’ll talk with JESSE EISINGER, a Pultizer Prize winning reporter who covers Wall Street and finance for ProPublica.  Then former credit derivatives trader and “Occupy the SEC” activist CAITLIN KLINE, explains why she left Wall Street and why thinks the Volcker Rule doesn’t go far enough.

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