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Darrell Duffie: Obama deserves a good grade
Darrell Duffie: Obama deserves a good grade
Professor of finance, Stanford University, Graduate School of Business

I think [the regulatory plan] is a major step in the right direction, but there's room for improvement. It covers all of the right areas -- the resolution of the systemically large institutions, improvement in consumer finance protection and improvement in the over-the-counter derivatives market, which are all important.

The regulatory plan could improve, most importantly, by providing additional clarity on how large systemic financial institutions can be safely resolved. There can also be further improvements in the price transparency of over-the-counter derivatives.

I think given the amount of work the administration has had to do -- deal with the financial crisis as it arrived -- this is about as soon as such important legislation could have come forward. Of course, it would have been nice to see it even before the financial crisis occurred. But the Obama administration deserves a good grade for getting it out there now.

The most important critic is Congress. I think some of it will be modified, as expected. But it's hard to predict what Congress will do with it; sometimes Congress doesn't even know what it's going to do.


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Last updated October 19 2009: 7:29 AM ET
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