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Occupy the SEC: Former Wall Street Workers Defend Volcker Rule Against Banks' Anti-Regulatory Push

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Published on Feb 24, 2012

democracynow.org - The latest off-shoot of the Occupy Wall Street movement — Occupy the SEC — has submitted a 325-page comment to the Securities and Exchange Commission that calls on regulators to resist the financial industry's lobbying efforts to water down the Volcker Rule, a section in the Dodd--Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, that aims to prevent large banks from making certain kinds of risky, speculative investments. The group is made up of former Wall Street professionals who once worked at many of the largest financial firms in the industry. We're joined by Alexis Goldstein, who worked as a computer programmer for seven years at Morgan Stanley, Merrill Lynch and Deutsche Bank. She left Wall Street in 2010 and joined the Occupy Wall Street soon after the encampment began. "Banks should not behave like a hedge fund," Goldstein says. "Hedge funds are there to make money and take risky bets and their clients tend to be these really wealthy clients. And the Volcker Rule says: well wait a minute, these big banks that enjoy this government support shouldn't be in that business."

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