Volcker Rule


A proposal to restrict banks from making speculative proprietary investments and/or trading. Proposed by economist and former US Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker. Volcker was appointed by President Obama as the chair of the President's Economic Recovery Advisory Board on February 6, 2009 and the Volcker Rule was publicly endored by President Obama on January 21, 2010 and was partially implemented in the Dodd-Frank Act.

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Copyright © 2011 Campbell R. Harvey, Professor of Finance, Fuqua School of Business at Duke University

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Credit quality

A measure of a bond issuer's ability to repay interest and principal in a timely manner. Rating agencies assign letter designations such as AAA, AA, and so forth. The lower the rating, the higher the... Read More

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