Dodd-Frank Act

Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.

This is a United States federal law - enacted in July 2010 - by Financial Stability Oversight Council (FSOC). It places regulation of the financial industry in the hands of the government.

It aims to prevent another recession and eliminate the need for future taxpayer-funded bailouts:
  1. By breaking up any companies that are “too big to fail.”
  2. By requiring banks to have “funeral plans” for a swift and orderly shutdown in the event that the company goes under
  3. By containing a whistle blowing provision, wherein persons with original information about security violations can report said information to the government for a financial reward
  4. By creating Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) which consolidated the consumer protection responsibilities of a number of existing bureaus, including the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the National Credit Union Administration and the Federal Trade Commission

CFPB aims to save the common people from the large banks by: the interests of common people by:
  1. stopping risky lending or other business practices that might harm the consumer.
  2. providing consumers with access to truthful information about mortgages and credit scores
  3. providing consumers with twenty-four hour toll-free consumer hotline to report issues with financial services
While the law is intended to make corporate practices transparent, the law itself is anything but. This link contains a simplistic view of Dodd-Frank Act in one chart.

Given that background, the big question for you (assuming that you are a software IT technocrat working for a financial organization also operating in USA) is
  1. Does this act impact your bank? 
  2. If yes, which parts of the bank does it impact? 
  3. What is the impact on the technology products in those parts of the bank? 
  4. Can those impacts (assuming they are in different technology systems) be collated into one project, one / similar tech stack and delivered in a better, faster, cheaper way?  
Leaving with that food for thought.

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1 comment:

Vivek Jain said...

Dodd Frank is about Fundamental Governance Change, by creating super regulators and changing balance of state vs. federal regulation of governance of financial markets. This would impact very many functions and the way investment banks function including risk, finance, operations, reporting,
OTC market clearing and settlement, collateral and others.

Impact assessment on Technology should be underway in most of the banks, since this will be a big ticket change investment banks should look for optimising resource utilisation.

These link provides a simplistic and detailed view Dodd-Frank Act.
http://www.pwc.com/us/en/financial-services/regulatory-services/publications/closer-look-series.jhtml#pub8
http://www.businessweek.com/magazine/doddfrank-in-one-graph-01122012-gfx.html