On the Phone: David Mark, Politico, Senior Editor
Topic: How the shootings at the Aurora, Colorado movie theater last week have affected the political dynamic of the 2012 presidential campaign, including the scheduling, messaging and advertising of the Romney and Obama campaigns.
Shahien Nasiripour, Financial Times, Financial & Regulatory Correspondent
Topic: Today marks the 2nd anniversary of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform Act and the first anniversary of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) that the law established. The guest will explain which elements of Dodd Frank have been implemented and how it’s impacting consumers and institutions, what’s being held up and why, and how the Volcker Rule is taking shape.
Jerry Hagstrom, The Hagstrom Report, Founder & Executive Editor
Topic: A discussion on how the drought through much of the U.S. is impacting crops & threatening food prices. Guest will also discuss what this means for the Farm Bill moving through the House.
James Angel, Georgetown University School of Business, Associate Professor
Topic: An explanation of the British-based Barclays bank scandal and its relation to the global financial market. Last month, Barclays admitted they artificially lowered a key lending rate called LIBOR (London interbank offered rate). The LIBOR rate is used by 18 banks including three American banks: Bank of America, Citigroup and JP Morgan Chase. Not only did Barclays’ actions prompt an investigation in the UK, but U.S. legislators have asked questions about what U.S. regulators knew about the fixing of the rate. Guest will describe how the rate works, what financial industries it affects and what U.S. officials knew.