Financial Regulation Explained

Policy in Pieces

Policy in Pieces

Join UT-Austin professor and Salem Center director Scott Bauguess as he breaks down active and important regulatory issues in financial markets with student co-hosts and special guests from government, industry, and academia.

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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 […]

September 22, 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 […]

September 15, 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.

June 5, 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 […]

May 29, 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.

May 13, 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.

May 8, 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 […]

April 21, 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 […]

April 14, 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 […]

April 7, 2021

Going Public (with Bill Gurley)

Legendary VC investor Bill Gurley, an outspoken critic of the traditional IPO process, explains how the rise of SPACs and emergence of direct listings are addressing the long-standing and controversial practice of bank underpricing of initial public offerings.

March 31, 2021
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