Regulatory Pressure May be Weighing on Risk-Taking in the Markets

Listed options did not cause the 2008 financial crisis, but were still swept up in the regulatory reform and the regulation may be preventing risk-taking.
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Listed equity options did not cause the 2008 financial crisis by a long shot, but were swept up in the regulatory reform all the same. Craig Donohue, chief executive officer of the Options Clearing Corporation (OCC), says the increased regulation has reached a point where it is preventing American businesses from taking risks. Donohue added that he wants to take the OCC from being a "market utility" to a "market influencer." Donohue says the biggest challenge facing U.S. financial markets is promoting stability and market integrity to ensure confidence.