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SEC Commissioner Talks Old Law and New Frontiers at RegTech Summit

Questions of FinTech and RegTech have been paramount in my mind and, I think it is safe to say, the minds of my fellow Commissioners in recent months.[1]

Old Fields and New Corn

On the paneled walls of the rare books room of Harvard Law School’s library are painted the words, “Out of the ould fields must spring and grow the new Corne.”[2] A paraphrase from a lesser-known work of Chaucer,[3] the line reminds us that even dusty old fields may yield new corn—or “grain,” as we would say today. Chaucer expresses something very civilized here. Deprived

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SEC Commissioner Piwowar Speaks on Market Structure

These days you rarely hear the name Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”) in this town [Washington, D.C.] [1] without some mention of “FINRA 360,” the comprehensive self-evaluation initiated by FINRA President and CEO Robert Cook. From what I have seen and heard thus far, FINRA 360 is more than just a genius marketing strategy developed to kick off Robert’s tenure. Over the past several weeks, I have heard from a number of people that this review is generating constructive feedback and engagement from the industry in ways that will help FINRA chart a new path forward.

We at the Commission

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SEC Acting Chair Piwowar Discusses Columbia’s Special Study of Securities Markets

Thank you, Larry [Glosten], for that kind introduction.[1] I also want to thank you, Merritt Fox, and Edward Greene — the directors of Columbia University’s Program in the Law and Economics of Capital Markets — for all that you do to advance informed capital markets regulation. The Program’s various projects continue to provide market participants, academic researchers, students, and regulators with valuable resources that are not available elsewhere.

I am delighted to have the opportunity to address you today and to join you in kicking off the Program’s newest project, the New Special Study of the Securities Markets. A … Read more