CBOE’s Brodsky Testifies Before U.S. House Committee on Financial Services

CBOE’s Brodsky Testifies Before U.S. House Committee on Financial Services  

CHICAGO, July 17, 2009 – William J. Brodsky, Chairman and CEO of the Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE), today testifies before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Financial Services regarding the Obama Administration’s Financial Regulatory Reform Proposal. 

Brodsky is one of just seven financial industry spokespersons and the only exchange official to testify before the Committee today. 

In his testimony, Brodsky “heartily endorses” the Administration’s recommendations as “important and necessary first steps toward comprehensive regulatory reform.” Additionally, he expresses the following views: 

  • CBOE supports the Reform Proposal’s recommendation for the creation of a Financial Regulatory Oversight Council (FSOC), chaired by Treasury, to resolve potential disputes between the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC).  
  • CBOE supports the Administration’s recommendation for harmonization of SEC and CFTC rules and urges Congress to adopt it.      
  • CBOE believes that while the Reform Proposal outlines interim steps that can be taken to dampen some ill effects of divided jurisdiction, eventual consolidation of the agencies is the only true comprehensive solution. 
  • CBOE agrees with the Reform Proposal’s recommendation that a single authority, such as the Federal Reserve Board, should supervise all firms that could pose a risk to financial stability. 
  • CBOE agrees with the Reform Proposal that greater regulatory oversight is needed for over-the-counter derivatives. 
  • Given the competitive disadvantages of unnecessary delays, CBOE applauds the Proposal’s recommendation that the SEC should overhaul its process for reviewing proposed rule changes by self-regulatory organizations (SRO) to allow more SRO rule filings to become effective on filing. 

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