Author Archives: Steve Bartlett

About Steve Bartlett

Steve Bartlett is President and CEO of The Financial Services Roundtable, and has served in that role since June 1999. Previously, he was the Mayor of Dallas, Texas (1991-95), a Member of the United States Congress (1983-91), and on the Dallas City Council (1977-81). At The Financial Services Roundtable, Mr. Bartlett has had a major impact on legislation including Gramm-Leach-Bliley, E-SIGN, the 2001-2003 Tax Cuts, the Fact Act (FCRA), Class Action Reform, consumer bankruptcy reform, regulatory reform and TARP.

Bartlett/Dalton Letter to Gang of Six on Deficit Reduction

May 3, 2011 Dear Senators Chambliss, Coburn, Conrad, Crapo, Durbin and Warner: We strongly support your efforts to develop a bipartisan deficit reduction plan that will put our Nation on the path to long term fiscal responsibility and stability. We … Continue reading

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Financial Services and Community Service: A Massive Commitment

Last week, the American Banker recognized the breadth of community service provided by banks and their employees throughout America in their front page story Banks Give More Man-Hours, Less Money, to Charity, March 23.  There is more to the story, … Continue reading

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Top 20 Takeaways from Dodd-Frank. #20

#20. Economy “It’s All Still About the Economy” It begins and ends with the economy.  Fortunately, we are moving out of the recession.  The Congressional Budget Office predicts 3.1% growth this year and 5.6% from 2012-2014, and consumer confidence is … Continue reading

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Top 20 Takeaways from Dodd-Frank. #19

#19: Global Harmonization “Think Big” I mentioned in the beginning how large banks and small banks were connected to each other – turns out, we’re connected around the world. Our customers are abroad: Maybe you are financing crops that are … Continue reading

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Top 20 Takeaways from the Dodd-Frank Act, #18

#18 Politics Matter “Speak Up” Democracy is not a spectator sport. In the last three election cycles, we’ve seen only the ones who speak get heard. You need to be on a first name basis with all of the Congressmen … Continue reading

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Top 20 Takeaways from the Dodd-Frank Act, #17

#17Changing Demographics “Boomers Still Rule” Boomers have been in charge since the first Boomer, Kathleen Casey-Kirschling, was born one second after midnight on Jan. 1, 1946. She filed for early retirement on October 16, 2007, becoming the first baby boomer … Continue reading

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Corporate Income Tax, The Most Harmful Tax for Economic Growth

The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) recently ranked various tax policies according to their impact on economic growth. Corporate income taxes proved most harmful to the economy, followed by personal income taxes, and then consumption taxes. The executive … Continue reading

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Top 20 Takeaways from the Dodd-Frank Act, #16

# 16 Fair Value Accounting “Time to Rethink” The industry has had trouble with fair value accounting for some time, and FASB has turned a deaf ear.   But there is a new chair, Leslie F. Seidman, who is now listening.  … Continue reading

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Top 20 Takeaways from the Dodd-Frank Act, #15

Regulation is only part of the process of rebuilding our financial system and our economy. Outside the scope of the Dodd Frank Act, there are other forces occurring simultaneously: #15 Outside Directors “Huge Responsibility, Huge Liability”   Now listen carefully … Continue reading

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Top 20 Takeaways from the Dodd-Frank Act. #14

#14. Resolution Authority “End of Too Big Too Fail” This one also is still in the TBD category. During the last crisis, the statutory authority to provide an orderly closing to a large, complex, nonbank financial institution was somewhere between … Continue reading

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