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Research Question: Why doesn’t the Dodd-Frank Act eliminate the possibility of another financial crisis in its current form?

The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform Act was signed into law by President Obama on July 21st, 2010 as a response to the economic crisis of the late 2000s. It was held up as a savior, a financial superhero of sorts, that was supposed to bring sweeping change to an unruly financial industry. But as it stands, the bill does not appear to have the superhuman strength to prevent another economic crisis. This can be attributed to many factors which will be discussed in this paper.

Since being signed into law, the act has been stagnated with over 60 percent of it not actually in place. Lobbyists from large financial institutions have been working non-stop to roll-back or lessen the regulations within the act. And to be blunt, some of the policies within the bill may just be ineffective by nature. Due to its seeming inefficiency the bill has been subject to much scrutiny. Even Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney proclaimed that he would “repeal and replace” Dodd-Frank if he succeeded in winning the Presidency. But the Dodd-Frank Act is just what is needed to regulate current financial services and it is essential to the financial future of the United States. This paper will defend the strengths of the Act, highlight reasons much of the bill is still inactive and recommend ways the few weaknesses in the bill can be amended.

Firstly, I will highlight some of the important features of the bill and why they are so important to the financial health of the economy. Next, the paper will shine light on the reasons why most of the act is still inactive. Lastly, the paper will discuss measures that can be taken to save the bill, either from its own inherent weaknesses or save it from stagnation and get more or the entire bill active.