The Merchants of Wall Street: Banking, Commerce, and Commodities

Saule T. Omarova examines the principal legal, policy, and theoretical implications of a transformative change in the banking industry: the emergence, over the last decade, of U.S. financial conglomerates as leading global merchants in physical commodities, including crude and refined oil products, natural gas, coal, base metals, and wholesale electricity. Historically, one of the core principles of U.S. bank regulation has been the separation of banking from commerce.

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