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The Collapse of Lehman Revisited: Eight Years of Progress Toward a Stronger Economy and Financial System

By: Rob Friedlander
Thursday, September 15, 2016

​Today marks eight years since the collapse of Lehman Brothers – a bankruptcy that sent shockwaves through the global financial system and helped thrust our economy into the worst recession since the Great Depression.​
Posted in: Wall Street Reform

Examining Changes in Non-Residential Asset-Backed Securities Markets

By: Jake Liebschutz and Amyn Moolji
Thursday, September 01, 2016

This blog post is the sixth in a series on fixed income market dynamics by the Department of the Treasury to share our perspective on the available data, discuss key structural and cyclical trends, and reiterate our policy priorities. This post examines the non-residential asset-backed securities markets.​

Posted in: Fixed Income

Complementary Goals - Protecting the Financial System from Abuse and Expanding Access to the Financial System

By: Nathan Sheets, Adam Szubin, and Amias Gerety
Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Correspondent banking relationships serve as important arteries within the global financial system.  By enabling money to flow both within and across economies, they improve livelihoods, bring more people into the financial system and foster global economic growth.  These relationships enable banks to facilitate international trade, conduct cross-border business and charitable activities, send remittances, and provide access to U.S. dollar financing.  They are essential to maintaining an inclusive and open financial system, and we are fully committed to safeguarding that system from abuse.
Posted in: Foreign Correspondent Banking

Secretary Lew and Secretary Burwell Send Letter to Congressional Task Force on Economic Growth in Puerto Rico

By: Dan Watson
Friday, August 26, 2016

We are writing to you and the other members of the Congressional Task Force on Economic Growth in Puerto Rico to underscore the urgency of putting in place policies that restore growth to Puerto Rico.  We appreciate that Congress responded to our call for action by enacting the Puerto Rico Oversight, Management and Economic Stability Act (PROMESA) into law and are prepared to continue to work together to promote economic growth. 
Posted in: Puerto Rico

Treasury Releases White Paper on European Commission’s State Aid Investigations into Transfer Pricing Rulings

By: Robert B. Stack
Wednesday, August 24, 2016

​Over the last several months, Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew and his staff have engaged extensively with the European Commission to express our concerns related to its State aid investigations.  Secretary Lew wrote to Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker in February urging the Commission to reconsider these new actions while reaffirming our commitment to continued collaboration through the BEPS project.
Posted in: Tax

Examining Changes in the Treasury Repo Market after the Financial Crisis

By: James Clark and Tom Katzenbach
Friday, August 12, 2016

This post explores some of the ways in which the Treasury repo market, both in the tri-party and the bilateral segments, has changed over the past several years, including: (1) the volume of market activity, (2) the relative price of repo, and (3) direct repo trading without a dealer intermediary.  Although this market has undergone a variety of changes since the financial crisis, the Treasury repo market continues to function well.
Posted in: Fixed Income

Treasury Issues Proposed Regulations to Close Estate and Gift Tax Loophole

By: Mark J. Mazur
Tuesday, August 02, 2016

​Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury announced a new regulatory proposal to close a tax loophole that certain taxpayers have long used to understate the fair market value of their assets for estate and gift tax purposes.​
Posted in: Tax Policy

Wall Street Reform Works - Six Years of Progress and a Stronger, Safer Financial System

By: Rob Friedlander
Thursday, July 21, 2016

Six years ago, President Obama signed the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act into law—the most comprehensive, far-reaching set of reforms to our financial system since the Great Depression. Today, our economy is back on track, growth has returned, and our financial system is safer because of these historic reforms.
Posted in: Dodd Frank

Treasury Issues Latest SSBCI and SBLF Reports

By: Dan Cruz
Friday, July 15, 2016

​SSBCI and SBLF programs provide small business owners with greater access to loans and investments throughout the country, and today Treasury is issuing two new reports that measure the progress of these programs.​
Posted in: Small Business

Examining Corporate Bond Liquidity and Market Structure

By: Jake Liebschutz and Brian Smith
Thursday, July 07, 2016

The corporate bond market, in contrast to the Treasury market discussed previously in this series, is highly diverse with tens of thousands of distinct securities. Accordingly, liquidity differs in the corporate bond market.  While certain bonds trade frequently, many rarely trade. 
Posted in: Fixed Income
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