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Consumer Finance (Course Page)

Getting Started

Getting Started

This guide is meant to help you find laws and information on consumer finance. Using the navigation links in the left margin, you can learn how to find the following types of information:

  • Laws and regulations governing banks and securities (see "Primary Sources"),
  • Informative and scholarly articles (see "Secondary Sources"),
  • Practice and study aids,
  • Agencies and advocate group websites, and
  • Dodd-Frank research tools (with a focus on Title X).

Primary Sources

Laws & Regulations

US Statutes

  • Title 12 US Code -  Banks & Banking
  • Laws that Govern the Securities Industry (Part of the SEC website; provides information about – and links to – the full text of the Securities Act of 1933, the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the Trust Indenture Act of 1939, the Investment Company Act of 1940, the Investment Advisers Act of 1940, the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform & Consumer Protection Act, and the Jumpstart Our Business Startup Act.)

US Regulations (CFR)

Title 12:  Banks & Banking
Title 13:  Business & Credit Assistance
Title 16:  Commercial Practices
Title 17:  Commodity and Security Exchanges
Title 31:  Money and Finance: Treasury

Government Entities

Secondary Sources

Journals & Articles

Google Scholar

Google Scholar Search


Search Law Journal Library

Practice & Study Aids

Practice & Study Aids

Agencies & Advocates

Agencies & Advocacy Organizations









Subject Guide

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Dodd-Frank Research

Dodd-Frank Research Tools

Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission (FCIC)


Nearly 80% of the rulemaking provisions of Dodd-Frank assign responsbilities to four agencies:  the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (FRB), the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB).  Dodd-Frank also created within the US Treasury, the Financail Stability Oversight Council (FSOC).

Government Reports

Practitioner Services  

Legislative History


Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act: Law, Explanation and Analysis (2010)

Recommended for an overview of the law, with explanations on particular legislation and potential regulation.


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