August 9, 2010
A Whole New Set of Random Numbers to Enjoy...
One of the most enjoyable parts of regulatory reform is having a whole new set of capricious numeric thresholds thrust upon us. The Dodd-Frank Act of last month is no exception.
$50 billion in assets connotes "systemically important" bank holding companies worthy of scrutiny by the newly authorized Financial Stability Oversight Council. $10 billion in assets requires a regulated financial company to conduct annual stress tests. $1 billion markes the dividing line between covered and exempted financial institutions for purposes of the new executive compensation disclosures and limitations, while $500 million in assets triggers new leverage capital requirements for small bank holding companies. $150 million signifies the dividing line between hedge funds that do and don't need to register, and $1 million in assets (exclusive of the value of a residence) now defines an accredited investor under Rule 215.
Isn't this fun? The best part is that such rounded, unfathomable tallies rarely get adjusted later on for inflation.
For a broad summary of the mammoth legislation (and its curious dollar limits) see http://www.davispolk.com/publications.
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