By Ben Bain, Bloomberg News

Securities and Exchange Commission economists are throwing cold water on Wall Street’s persistent complaints that post-crisis regulations have made markets more susceptible to shocks.

The market dynamics of recent years weren’t necessarily caused by stricter rules imposed by U.S. and international regulators after the 2008 financial meltdown, the SEC’s Division of Economic and Risk Analysis said in a 300-plus page report to lawmakers released Tuesday. The report examines the extent to which measures such as the Volcker Rule and capital requirements associated with Basel III have impacted trading in a range of asset classes including equities, government and corporate bonds, as well as some derivatives.

The SEC economists said that their analysis didn’t find a decline in total issuance of securities after adoption of the 2010 Dodd-Frank Act. “It is difficult to disentangle the many contributing factors that influence” the sale of new securities, they wrote, adding that private market sales of debt and equities have “increased substantially” in recent years.

The findings in the report, which was ordered by Congress, will be unwelcome news for big financial firms that have been complaining about the rules since they were enacted. The industry has found sympathy among regulators appointed by President Donald Trump. Last month, the agencies that wrote the Volcker Rule — which restricts banks from making bets with their own capital — agreed to start revising it, people familiar with the matter have said. And in June, the Treasury Department released a report calling for easing many of the strictures that were imposed on Wall Street after the financial crisis.

The SEC staff based their findings on “a comprehensive assessment of a large body of recent research in addition to original analysis,” according to the report. The conclusions “may differ from those stated in the Treasury report” because …read more

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