The Volcker Rule: Toothless Then, Even More Toothless Now

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Wed, 10/12/2011 - 10:18 | 1765517 GeneMarchbanks
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'a document over 200 pages long'

So it's a novel. Fiction I presume?

Wed, 10/12/2011 - 10:55 | 1765704 Fish Gone Bad
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The only reason a bill is long is to fill it up with weasel words, and add additonal ways to cheat people.  The Constitution of the United States is one page long.  So is the Bill of Rights.  If anyone wants to use my idea for political gain, please do so: No bills can be written so long that they essentially become unreadable in one day.  The maximum length a bill should be is 10 pages, and ideally, one (1) page.

Wed, 10/12/2011 - 11:03 | 1765749 oogs66
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great points....though it helps the lawyers stay in jobs

Wed, 10/12/2011 - 16:55 | 1767145 mkkby
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" Which brings us to July 21, 2014 at the earliest, and possibly July, 2017."

Nobody in the corrupt SEC/FDIC/CFTC... blah, blah, blah -- will EVER enforce anything detrimental to the banks.  It's like writing a message in a bottle to throw in the ocean.

Fri, 10/14/2011 - 15:41 | 1774952 Ura Bonehead
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The maximum length a bill should be is 10 pages, and ideally, one (1) page.

Of course, how many pages would THAT bill be? Just saying...

And the irony is that writing the one-page Constitution took a relatively short period of time. After all, the framers had farms full of slaves to run. Hippocratic politicians are nothing new, I guess?  Unfortunately, today’s politicians have nothing better to do with their time (and our money).

Wed, 10/12/2011 - 11:45 | 1765963 covert
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the devil is in the details, and complexity hides the truth! lol

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Wed, 10/12/2011 - 10:19 | 1765531 Bastiat
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Hard to see how the current fiat system can make it to 2014.

Wed, 10/12/2011 - 10:30 | 1765584 augie
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2014?

my puts expire in december... 

Wed, 10/12/2011 - 10:28 | 1765575 Caviar Emptor
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It's been an unwritten rule since the crisis that we'll make big speeches about rules and pass lots of new rules and then go back to playing by the original rules which were no rules at all . There's a big fat hungry dog we need to feed and soon. So let him steel from the other dogs. 

Wed, 10/12/2011 - 10:30 | 1765588 PaperBear
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“over 200 pages long, in which the word “exemption” occurs on no less than 100 pages (it is used 426 times in total).”

Perhaps only the so called little guy (non-insider) will be bitten in the hind end by this.

Wed, 10/12/2011 - 10:34 | 1765608 RSloane
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So why can't we rename this the "Volcker Exemption Rule" kind of like the "Obama Healthcare Exemption Plan"?

Wed, 10/12/2011 - 10:46 | 1765666 Melin
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"If only the regulators would _______________. . ."

Capitalism and individual liberty require that there be no government "regulators."  Private exchanges can regulate to their hearts' content and compete for voluntary participation.  If someone's committing fraud, then the government is invited and required to respond.

Why oh why do really smart people still think government has a role in "managing" economies? 

 

Wed, 10/12/2011 - 10:46 | 1765670 unununium
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REINSTATE GLASS-STEAGALL

It worked for 60 years and it will work again.

Wed, 10/12/2011 - 11:09 | 1765778 Spigot
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Meaningless in a klepto-cratic non-ocracy. These idiots can't even follow their own prior laws/rules. How do more non-enforced laws help the situation?

Wed, 10/12/2011 - 11:18 | 1765823 Spigot
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Oh, RIGHT! I forgot. Rules are for the little people. Rule makers (such as Congress) do not have to live under law. They have enough money and power to circumvent anything except, potentially, the hand of God.

Wed, 10/12/2011 - 11:20 | 1765832 kaiserhoff
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Tchir has this about right.  The real risks are counter-party and off balance sheet crap.  That won't improve until there is more use of exchanges... which reduces bid/ask differential for the big dogs.

Wed, 10/12/2011 - 11:23 | 1765850 Nedly66
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The broad rule + hundreds of exemptions format is standard for pretty much financial and tax regulations today.

The headline rule makes it palatable to the public, and the hundreds of exceptions (read loop-holes) make the rule "ambiguous" enough so banks and tax payers justify "agressive" positions vis-a-vis the ambiguous should the SEC stop watching midget porn and actually prosecute them.

Nothing new here, and nothing to indicate this type of phony regulation will cease anytime in the near future

Wed, 10/12/2011 - 12:40 | 1766226 RockyRacoon
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The "rule" is heralded by the MSM as a fix for this pesky problem.   The whole thing was for show to let the regular folks think that "government is doing something" about banking.   Right.   Now they can all rest easy.

Wed, 10/12/2011 - 11:49 | 1765980 Gold Man-Sacks
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Wow, that's one really long rule.

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