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October 23, 2012

Regulators Clash Over Volcker Definitions

“WASHINGTON—A rift has emerged among regulators responsible for crafting the so-called Volcker rule, one of the most complex and contentious regulations of the landmark Dodd-Frank financial overhaul.

The dispute, between U.S. banking regulators and the Securities and Exchange Commission, casts doubt on whether regulators will finish drafting the rule by the end of the year and raises the unattractive possibility that the agencies will issue conflicting standards.

The SEC and a trio of banking regulators are butting heads over how to define the buying and selling of securities on behalf of clients, known as market-making, as well as over banks’ ability to invest in outside investment vehicles such as hedge funds, according to officials close to the discussions. Since brokers, which are overseen by the SEC, conduct market-making activities, the SEC is pushing for more influence over the issue, these people said.”

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