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Policy in Pieces
51 minutes | Oct 21, 2021
Technology and the Future of Audits (with Wes Bricker)
Wes Bricker, Vice Chair and co-leader of Trust Solutions at PwC and Chair of XBRL International, joins this episode to explain how technology is changing the corporate audit, the bumps in the road with the adoption of machine readable reporting, and what to expect with emerging ESG standards.
58 minutes | Oct 14, 2021
Finding Fraud (with John Griffin)
John Griffin, a distinguished professor of finance at the University of Texas, talks about forensic finance, and how for the past decade he has dedicated his research pursuits to finding fraud. His most recent paper alleges that 1.8 million loans issued as part of the government’s COVID-19 relief program for small businesses, totaling $76 billion, may have been fraudulent. We discuss what it is like to uncover findings like this, including the reactions from the press, academic peers, regulators, and industry.
68 minutes | Oct 7, 2021
The Teenage Years of the PCAOB (with Jay Brown)
J. Robert (“Jay”) Brown, legal scholar and recently departed member of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board, explains how this young regulator, created following the Enron accounting scandal, oversees audit firms. It’s still a teenager, and as Jay describes, there remains some work to do, to fulfill its mission.
61 minutes | Sep 29, 2021
Changing Landscape of Brokers (with Ira Hammerman)
Ira Hammerman, general counsel of the trade association SIFMA, joins our episode to discuss how regulation is shaping massive changes in the brokerage industry. He addresses controversial topics like payment for order flow, gamification of trading, and the role of investor choice and advice giving under new Regulation Best Interest.
60 minutes | Sep 22, 2021
Crypto Motherhood (with Hester Peirce)
Crypto assets are becoming mainstream. Tens of millions of Americans own them. SEC Commissioner Hester Peirce, affectionately known as crypto mom for her pioneering thoughts on how digital assets should be treated by regulators, joins this episode to discuss their meteoric rise, potential future treatment by the SEC, and other views in this now $2 trillion market.
61 minutes | Sep 15, 2021
How Madoff Changed the SEC (with Stephen L. Cohen)
Bernie Madoff perpetrated the largest investment fraud in U.S. history. The SEC never knew, and its revelation shook the agency to its core. Former Enforcement attorney Stephen L. Cohen was put in charge of building the system to keep it from happening again. He joins this episode to reflect on the events that led from an existential crisis to a massive cultural change in how the SEC treats the tips, complaints, and referrals it receives. Enjoy his inside perspective on the birth of the T-C-R system.
53 minutes | Jun 5, 2021
Inside SEC Enforcement (with Stephanie Avakian)
Former SEC Director of Enforcement, Stephanie Avakian, explains how legal actions are brought against those alleged to have engaged in market misconduct, the role of politically appointed Commissioners in deciding the actions, and how the process is changing with the new administration.
76 minutes | May 28, 2021
In Pursuit of Evidence-Based Policy (with Christian Leuz)
One of the most influential academic researchers on analyses that inform financial market policy is University of Chicago professor Christian Leuz. His peer-reviewed publications have informed 19 different policy actions spanning both democratic and republican administrations. In this episode, he explains what government regulators and academics need to do, to be even better, at implementing sound policy.
66 minutes | May 13, 2021
Reflections of a SEC Chief Economist (with SP Kothari)
Listen to MIT Professor SP Kothari talk about leading the economic division at the SEC during the Trump administration. He shares views on regulating markets during a pandemic, criticism received, and a host of issues from taxes and inflation to share repurchases and accounting for social equity in cost benefit analyses.
81 minutes | May 8, 2021
Age of BlackRock (with Barbara Novick)
BlockRock co-founder, Barbara Novick, talks about the firm’s journey to a $9 trillion AUM, experiences from the global financial crisis, and how she started the global policy group and became a leading voice on financial market reform.
58 minutes | Apr 21, 2021
ICI and ESG (with Eric Pan)
Eric Pan, CEO of the Investment Company Institute, discusses how the trade association develops views on behalf of its members and the 100 million investors that they serve, including on one of the most pressing issues of the new administration — Environmental, Social, and Governance disclosures by regulated entities. Also hear his views on proxy voting, money market funds, FSOC, LEI, and recent market volatility.
55 minutes | Apr 14, 2021
The Biden Memo (with Caroline Crenshaw)
On January 20, the President directed federal agencies to promote “social welfare, racial justice, environmental stewardship, human dignity, equity, and the interests of future generations” in the regulatory review process. SEC Commissioner Caroline Crenshaw explains her support of the memo principles and discusses how they are related to a host of issues within the SEC’s regulatory purview.
58 minutes | Apr 7, 2021
Money Market Reform (with Erik Sirri)
Babson College professor Erik Sirri talks about money market fragility, his experience as a senior official at the SEC during the global financial crisis when they ‘broke the buck’, and how subsequent reform didn’t prevent them from being bailed out again, at the onset of the pandemic. He shares his thoughts about what to do now.
53 minutes | Mar 31, 2021
Going Public (with Bill Gurley)
Legendary VC investor Bill Gurley, an outspoken critic of the traditional IPO process, explains how the rise in SPACs and the emergence of direct listings are addressing the long-standing and controversial practice of bank underpricing of initial public offerings.
63 minutes | Mar 16, 2021
Insider Trading (with Dan Taylor)
Dan Taylor, an accounting professor of the Wharton School, and director of the Wharton Forensic Analytics Lab, describes his effort to define, identify, and address illegal insider trading through his academic research and policy advocacy.
56 minutes | Mar 10, 2021
Explaining IOSCO (with Paul Andrews)
Paul Andrews, outgoing Secretary General of the International Organization of Securities Commissions, joins us to discuss global coordination of financial market regulation, IOSCO’s role in promoting financial stability, and views on regulatory developments related to GameStop, SPACs, Ant Financial, and ESG disclosure.
56 minutes | Feb 17, 2021
Protecting Investors (with Barbara Roper)
Barbara Roper, director for investor protection at the Consumer Federation of America, has spent more than three decades advocating for American investors and fair markets. She joins this episode to talk about the impact of financial regulation on under-informed investors, how she advocates for them in the rule-making process, and her views on market conduct that deserves the attention of the Biden administration.
64 minutes | Feb 8, 2021
Market Self Regulation (with Tom Selman)
Tom Selman, former head of policy for FINRA, discusses how the regulatory organization supervises conduct at securities brokers and dealers, the meaning of a fiduciary duty, the challenges in protecting investors, and the temptations of over regulating markets.
64 minutes | Feb 3, 2021
Crime and Crypto (with Dave Michaels)
Wall Street Journal reporter Dave Michaels talks about his tradecraft in covering the enforcement of regulation in financial markets, political views on pursuit and punishment, the responsibilities of media in shaping investor views, and open questions for a new administration.
60 minutes | Feb 2, 2021
From Regulator to Regulated (with Dan Gallagher)
In our inaugural episode “From Regulator to Regulated,” Robinhood Chief Legal Officer Dan Gallagher discusses how the FinTech disrupter is challenging the established orthodoxy on investing, and reminisces about his time in government overseeing financial firms and his role in responding to the Global Financial Crisis.
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