Editor's Note: This is a monthly publication on economic trends and financial policy issues. In this publication you can read "The Longbrake Letter", an analysis of economic trends and conditions written by Bill Longbrake, as well as commentary on financial regulation and policy written by members of the law firm Barnett, Sivon & Natter, P.C., a Washington, DC based law firm that specializes in financial services law. The lawyers in the firm are also counsel to the international law firm, Squire Patton Boggs.

ISSUE: #79, February 2017

The Longbrake Letter
- Bill Longbrake
Financial markets just about everywhere are doing well as global growth accelerates. But, while investors are enjoying rising prices, many are worrying about where the U.S. is headed politically under a divisive Trump Administration and about the potential for political crisis in Europe given the rise of populist and nationalist movements and the spate of national elections on tap for this year. In this month's letter Bill Longbrake summarizes serious issues that are bubbling beneath the surface. He also examines the forces that led to the election of Donald Trump and muses whether Trump's personality and illiberal tendencies might derail needed reforms to reverse the economic and social decline in America which has been gaining momentum in recent years.

What Should Change and What Will Change
- Jim Sivon
This article is Jim Sivon's prepared remarks for a presentation at the Smoke Tree Conference earlier this month in which he discussed proposed revisions to financial regulation.

Flashes and Flurries Financial Services in the First 30 Days of the Trump Presidency
- Katie Wechsler, Jim Sivon, Matthew Cutts, Patricia Hatler, and Brandon Roman
This Squire Patton Boggs client alert provides a review of executive actions and legislation impacting financial services in the first 30 days of the Trump Administration.