Or, maybe the motto should be: Once a Goldman guy, always a Goldman guy. Delay of implementation is a kind of de-regulation in itself. You can see the pros and cons of having Gensler in the CFTC here. It may be a while until we know for sure if the leopard can change his spots.
Some of us are more skeptical than optimistic as shown by the piece from Zero Hedge:
CFTC Delays Swaps Regulation By Another 6 Months to Comply With Wall Street DemandsRead the entire article here
By Tyler Durden - Zero Hedge
One year after the passage of Dodd-Frank's provisions on swap regulation absolutely nothing has been implemented. And judging by the just announced yet another 6 month delay of rule implementation, it now appears pretty much certain that the $600 billion derivatives market will never be actually regulated, courtesy of conflicted interests at the CFTC. "The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission proposed delaying rules for the huge derivatives market that had been automatically set to go into effect on July 16. One year after the passage of the Dodd-Frank financial overhaul that ordered a crack-down on the $600 trillion derivatives market, regulators have not been able to meet the deadline for translating the legislation into specific provisions. That prompted the CFTC on Tuesday to propose delaying some of the so-called "self-executing" rules until as late as the end of the year." After all, it is the CFTC's sworn duty to do anything to help the poor OTC traders who may experience a modest drop to their multi-million year end bonuses if profit margins are cut into by regulatory intervention: "Traders had feared that billions of dollars in transactions might suddenly fall into legal limbo. Without relief from the CFTC, a delay could have caused those contracts to lose the legal protection afforded them by a clause in the Commodity Futures Modernization Act of 2000 that created a framework that stated they were not illegal off-exchange futures." But lest someone suspect the fine upstanding gentlemen at the CFTC led by former Goldman Sachs employee Gary Gensler who has absolutely no interest in seeing his old firm continue along the confines of the status quo (very much like that other form Goldmanite Hank Paulson), the CFTC did provide this brilliant clarification: "The temporary relief proposals have "nothing to do with any outside pressure one way or the other to extend the rule-making or the effective date," a CFTC staff member said." Well, if they say so, it must be true.
More on why absolutely nothing will ever change until the next blow up which since it is backstopped by every central bank in the world, will be the very last one. From Reuters:
Those granted temporary relief from the new guidelines include transactions in exempt or excluded markets -- primarily in financial, energy and metals -- as well as measures that do not require rule-making but refer to terms such as swap, swap dealer or major swap participants that must be further defined by regulators.
"The exemptive relief that's being granted by the Commission would allow virtually all the same types of transactions conducted now to continue during this period," a CFTC staff member told reporters ahead of an agency meeting.
The relief measures became necessary after the CFTC said it would miss the July 16 deadline to write regulations for the over-the-counter derivatives market.
The delay risked a legal void for trades that would be caught between the current regulatory framework, which ends next month, and and not yet offered protection under as-yet unfinished new rules.