July 15, 2010

Statement by Chairman Bernanke on financial reform legislation

For immediate release

Statement by Chairman Ben S. Bernanke:

The financial reform legislation approved by the Congress today represents a welcome and far-reaching step toward preventing a replay of the recent financial crisis. It strengthens the consolidated supervision of systemically important financial institutions, gives the government an important additional tool to safely wind down failing financial firms, creates an interagency council to detect and deter emerging threats to the financial system, and enhances the transparency of the Federal Reserve while preserving the political independence that is crucial to monetary policymaking. Even before passage of reform legislation, the Federal Reserve has been overhauling its supervision and regulation of banking organizations and working to strengthen financial market infrastructures and practices. We will be focused and diligent in carrying out our responsibilities under the new law.

Last Update: July 15, 2010