Financial reform, Fed independence and the political economy of monetary policy

It is debatable whether the 2010 Financial Reform Act (which from now on will be referred to as ‘the act') is the most significant financial legislation since the Great Depression. But what I am sure of, and shall aim to convince you the reader of here, is that the positive parts of the act, such as more transparent accounting of derivatives products, increased capital requirements and more transparent loan documents, pale in comparison to at least three aspects that will likely increas