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Treasury Secretary Approves of Financial CHOICE

The CHOICE act announcement came alongside Wednesday’s tax reform plan announcement, which calls for a reduction of corporate taxes down to 15 percent, cutting the top tax bracket down to 35 percent, and doubling the standard deduction. Mnuchin called the reform the “The biggest tax cut and largest tax reform in history of this country.” According to Mnuchin, the tax reform and Financial CHOICE Act are steps to strengthen the financial system.

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The Financial Sector in Trump’s Presidency

Following the election of Donald Trump, the financial sector, including banks, saw a average earning growth of 16.4 percent, with revenue growing over 9 percent. Bank stocks fell 1.5 percent during the first three months, though have remained high and stable since.

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The Mortgage Market in the Potential Government Shutdown

With the federal funding running out on Friday and a potential government shutdown looming, expect to see an impact on the mortgage industry. Access to tax documents and other government paperwork may prove difficult in the event of a shutdown. CNBC noted that “non-essential” employees, such as those that process paperwork through the Internal Revenue Service, would be furloughed during a shutdown, causing roadblocks for those applying for mortgages.

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The Week Ahead: FSC to Hold Financial CHOICE Hearing

In the wake of President Trump’s executive order targeting Dodd-Frank and Consumer Protection, the Financial Services Committee (FSC) will hold a hearing to discuss the Financial CHOICE act. Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling first unveiled the rules and principles guiding Financial CHOICE last June, and the act was approved by the FSC in September. At the center of the act is a plan eliminate bailouts and hold Wall Street accountable. Additionally, the act calls for banks to be better capitalized, and to reduce the strain of regulation on smaller banks.

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Critics Fear Crisis After Latest Exec Orders

Critics have begun to speak out after President Trump signed two executive orders calling for the review into “too big to fail” and a number of financial oversight entities. Some even fear it could signal another financial crisis is on the horizon. Trump’s orders specifically require a review of the Financial Stability Oversight Council and the Orderly Liquidation Authority.

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Paper Proposes Plan for GSE Reform

A new white paper has proposed a detailed plan for reforming the nation’s GSEs. Offering a roadmap toward reform, the paper also outlines how to handle the transition to a new GSE system, as well as the secondary markets role in the move. The paper is designed to help legislators move GSE reform along—a goal the new administration has made clear.

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Greenspan: Dodd-Frank Stifling Stock Market

According to former Fed Chairman Alan Greenspan, Dodd-Frank has caused stock prices to soar and rolling it back would have a positive impact on the economy. In an interview with CNBC on Thursday, Greenspan discussed Dodd-Frank, tax cuts, and more. Dodd-Frank has been a hot-button topic since President Trump orders a review of the law back in February.

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OCC Releases Results of Wells Fargo Review

According to a new report from the OCC, there were many lessons learned through the agency’s supervision of Wells Fargo during recent controversy. Failure to respond timely to known issues, ineffective communication, and unclear records were just a few of the problems cited. The agency is currently working to address all weaknesses identified.

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Report: “CFPB Offers Much-Needed Protection”

A new report by Trulia says the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has proven a powerful ally to borrowers across the economic spectrum. It’s also proven a valuable resource for military service members and older Americans. And taking it away could be more trouble than its worth.

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