Trump Signs Executive Orders That Loosen Financial Regulations

White House press secretary Sean Spicer said the executive order will encourage growth.
Posted at 6:23 PM, Feb 03, 2017

President Donald Trump signed two executive orders Friday that seek to cut back some of the financial regulations established during the Obama administration. 

The first offers "guideline principles" for the financial regulatory system. In previewing the executive order, White House press secretary Sean Spicer called the 2010 Dodd-Frank Act "a disastrous policy."

The act was passed in response to the 2008 recession. It imposed new regulations for financial institutions, including requiring them to conduct annual "stress tests" to make sure they can survive a financial crisis. 

The law also created the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, which recently forced Wells Fargo to pay $185 million for shady accounting practices.

But Republicans and the White House say Dodd-Frank is deeply flawed. 

Spicer said of Dodd-Frank, "That's hindering our markets, reducing the availability of credit and crippling our economy's ability to grow and create jobs."

During his campaign, Trump said he'd be for getting rid of Dodd-Frank. 

"The regulators are running the banks, and that's why our country — I mean, people can't borrow money today," Trump said in an interview with Fox Business in October 2015.

The second executive order directs the Department of Labor to reconsider its fiduciary rule, which was supposed to go into effect in April. Boiled down, the rule makes financial advisers legally obligated to work in their clients' best interests and disclose fees and conflicts of interests up front.

The White House says the rule limits services available to investors.

Not surprisingly, Democrats slammed Trump's executive orders, saying he's putting Wall Street ahead of the American people.

The official language of both orders had not been released by the White House at the time of publication.