MRV Associates has been training on Dodd-Frank and consulted banks and regulators on how to best implement risk based strategies to meet new derivatives requirements since 2009 the eve of the law’s passage. 


Are Cries to Break Up the Big Banks about Reform or Revenge?
American Banker
March 19, 2013

Lately, the “too big to fail” debate has intensified as if only now has an urgent need to find a scapegoat to slaughter emerged. Certainly, the numerous scandals and examples of gross mismanagement at financial institutions invite criticism and derision.
It is critical to have an intelligent and in-depth discussion about whether the top 12 U.S. banks, which make up 70% of all banking assets benefit from government subsidies and bailouts…more


January Effect: Slow Going Ahead in 2013 for Financial Reform
CME Group
January 21, 2013

If developments so far in January are any indication, stricter financial rules under the Dodd-Frank Act and the Basel III global banking standards will be slow in coming this year, industry consultant Mayra Rodríguez Valladares said.

For the Obama administration, it’s unlikely that significant financial reform will be a priority in the near-future, “especially with pressing issues such as gun…more


Dodd-Frank as a Catalyst to Improve Energy Firms’ Risk Management
CME Group
December 18, 2012

Whatever form Dodd-Frank financial regulation ultimately takes, energy companies need to think seriously about significant changes in their risk management – how they define, identify, measure, control, and monitor macro and financial risks – industry consultant Mayra Rodríguez Valladares said.

Oil and gas producers, utilities and others in the industry are likely to join the “futurization”…more


Here’s Why Dodd-Frank is a Job Creator
November 20, 2012

The Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Dodd-Frank) and Basel III have been helping retain and even create jobs in the United States and abroad.  Yes, you read this sentence correctly…more


The Futurization of OTC Derivatives: Full Steam Ahead on Dodd-Frank
CME Group
November 19, 2012

As Basel III and Dodd-Frank financial reform takes effect, global banks’ quest for capital efficiency will continue to drive more derivatives transactions to centralized clearing and result in a boon for exchange and clearing house operators, industry consultant Mayra Rodriguez Valladares said.

The implications for big U.S.-based banks “could not be clearer,” Valladares said in a new report….more


Will Dodd-Frank Survive the Election?
JLN Interest Rates 
November 1, 2012

Many a political pundit has tried to divine the agenda Governor Romney and Congressperson Ryan might implement if they win.  The world of finance is very nuanced and complex; hence, equally important. Americans and the world should also be asking ourselves what will happen to global financial sector reform if President Obama and Vice President Biden were to be re-elected, since the world’s regulatory eyes are on the path that the U.S. will take…more


Dodd-Frank Poses Unique Challenges for Energy Firms
CME Group
October 10, 2012

New Dodd-Frank financial regulation poses unique challenges for energy companies, forcing them to establish proper compliance and regulatory reporting mechanisms and making sure they have the right people to carry out these tasks, industry consultant Mayra Rodriguez Valladares said in a report…more


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