Traders on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange react as they watch Wednesday’s televised World Cup soccer match between the U.S. and Algeria.
After a marathon final negotiating session, Congress has cobbled together a historic overhaul of financial regulations for Wall Street. The bill is expected to win final approval next week and land on President Obama’s desk.
The reforms are being called “the most sweeping rewrite of financial rules since the 1930s.”
The legislation creates a new consumer financial protection agency and clamps down on risky dealings by banks. —JCL
U.S. lawmakers hammered out a historic overhaul of financial regulations as dawn broke over the nation’s capital on Friday, handing President Barack Obama a major domestic policy victory on the eve of a global summit devoted to financial reform.
In a marathon session of more than 21 hours, legislators agreed to a rewrite of Wall Street rules that may crimp the industry’s profits and subject it to tougher oversight and tighter restrictions.
To secure agreement, lawmakers reached deals in the final hours on the most controversial sections which restrict derivatives dealing by banks and curb their proprietary trading to shield taxpayer-backed deposits from more risky activities.