Americas news roundup: closing time

Author: John Crabb | Published: 26 Feb 2019
It was a slow start to the year in Washington DC

Generally, the monthly (or bimonthly now – welcome to IFLR's new format) news roundup is populated with decisions and enforcement rulings by US regulators like the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC).

For the first 25 days of the year, however, the government shutdown kept thousands of commissioners and staff members at home – and with it went the steady stream of regulatory tweaks, rulings and opinions that keep financial journalists busy on a day-to-day basis.

The financial sector felt the burden of the shutdown heavily: the pipeline of initial public offerings (IPOs) in the US capital markets had a shaky start to the year, and the implications could echo through 2019. Despite this, messaging...