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In final speech, Chair White reflects on an SEC under attack

Joe Mont | January 17, 2017

In what is likely to be her final public remarks as chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission, Mary Jo White blasted political gamesmanship, ongoing partisan bickering, and current legislative efforts that could erode the agency’s independence and “cripple” both regulatory and enforcement efforts.

White’s speech, “The SEC after the Financial Crisis: Protecting Investors, Preserving Markets,” was delivered at The Economic Club of New York on Jan. 17. Her remarks came just three days away from completing her term as the 31st Chair of the Commission.

“There is a lot of discussion about how the new administration may weaken or even reverse many of the reforms that the Commission and our fellow financial regulators have implemented since the financial crisis,” White said. “While that is a concern that I very much share, my focus today reaches even further down the road to how, as...

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