Personal Finance Advice and Commentary

Friday, January 13, 2012 11:23 am
By Sheyna Steiner ·

Not surprisingly, this election year will shape up to be an ideological battle royal between proponents of free-market capitalism and those that would impose some constraints on unfettered capitalism in the form of regulation. Back in 2010, the Dodd-Frank Act was passed in order to address some of the abuses by financial institutions that led

Thursday, July 28, 2011 9:00 am
By Sheyna Steiner ·

A year after the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act was signed into law, the Securities and Exchange Commission has plowed through many of the studies that the act required and has proposed or adopted rules for the 90 provisions requiring them, the SEC website reports. One of those provisions empowered the SEC

Tuesday, July 26, 2011 12:12 pm
By Sheyna Steiner ·

It’s been a tough year for the Dodd-Frank Act. Not only is the House of Representatives working to undo investor protections, the judiciary is as well. On Friday, July 2, an appeals court threw out the proxy access rule set by the Securities and Exchange Commission as empowered by the Dodd-Frank Act, the Los Angeles

Friday, July 01, 2011 11:42 am
By Sheyna Steiner ·

Last year’s Dodd-Frank Act included a provision to give shareholders in publicly-traded companies the power to vote on executive compensation. The financial reform bill also required certain companies, including publicly-traded companies, companies issuing debt instruments and companies required to file reports with the Securities and Exchange Commission, to report the ratio between executive compensation and worker

Friday, April 01, 2011 11:54 am
By Sheyna Steiner ·

The Securities and Exchange Commission has delayed establishing rules that would impel broker-dealers — and other investment advice-givers — to labor under a fiduciary standard instead of the suitability standard to which they are currently held. Mark Schoeff Jr., writing for, reported on Monday that the SEC may move toward rule-making later in the

Friday, March 04, 2011 9:00 am
By Sheyna Steiner ·

It’s not news that first-world companies exploit developing nations for resources and labor, but thanks to the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, investors may have a little more insight into how companies operate in those countries, specifically in regard to oil, natural gas and minerals. The Securities and Exchange Commission is considering rules

Wednesday, January 12, 2011 8:00 am
By Sheyna Steiner ·

Shareholders were given the right to vote on executive pay in the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. Every one, two or three years, according to the law, investors will be able to vote executive compensation packages up or down. The vote can be nonbinding or binding. Additionally, at least every six years,

Thursday, July 15, 2010 1:59 pm
By Leslie McFadden ·

The Senate voted to move forward with the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, 60-38, and will likely begin a final vote around 2 p.m. today. Bankrate will be rolling out a series of articles detailing what the legislation means for you. On the credit side, the act would require companies that deny