|It was a slow start to the year in
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,