Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass.
On Democratic lawmakers pressing the Federal Reserve about its oversight of the pending BB&T-SunTrust merger:

"Warren and Waters are again spot-on. Can't trust these career regulators to properly vet complex merger transactions. They clearly lack the objectivity of a Liz Warren or the integrity of a Maxine Waters or the keen understanding of economics and business acumen of an AOC. Better to submit such applications to a panel...of disinterested presidential candidates. Better still... a plebiscite. That's it! We'll approve them by plebiscite. Let the people decide."

Related: Democrats to Fed's Powell: Take hard look at BB&T-SunTrust deal
On an argument that criticisms of the BB&T-SunTrust deal are unfairly conflating a lawful merger with the debate over "too big to fail" institutions:

"A well considered argument that articulates a reasonable view of the proposed BB&T-SunTrust merger; however, the politicians that are posturing as having concerns are not interested in reason. Sound-bytes and a calculated appeal to a perceived anti-bank voter sentiment is likely the real motivation behind the sudden concerns expressed about the proposed merger. The concerns will likely be voiced, only as long as the politicians think a large enough voter population cares."

Related: Criticism of BB&T-SunTrust deal is overblown
On an argument that growing competition in the industry led to the BB&T-SunTrust merger:

"Well said. It remains unclear whether the new scale of the merged ST/BBT bank will deliver the efficiencies and technical advances needed to truly compete with the big-four, and the lurking non-bank competitors, but what is clear is that ST and BBT as independent regionals were not going to have the heft to truly compete. Critics are either ignoring the realities of the competitive market, or they're trying to promote themselves using political sound-bytes...."

Related: As BB&T-SunTrust shows, banks must grow, change or die
CFPB nominee Kathy Kraninger
On an argument that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau should not revise its current payday loans rule, removing a requirement that lenders evaluate a borrower's ability to repay:

"Sure payday loans are a bad long-term strategy for the poor...but so are lottery tickets! Which is more useful in putting out fires like an unexpected medical bill or car or home repair?"

Related: CFPB reversal on payday lending is a big mistake
Federal Reserve building.
On the Fed barring two Wyoming bankers from the industry for misusing a bank's proprietary information and whether it could signal tougher punishments going forward:

"I couldn't be happier with the intent to prohibit. Those two scum bags deserve it. Those are the type of bankers that ruin it for the rest of us."

Related: Fed’s stance on trade secrets could mean more banker bans
On opposition to Square's bid to own an industrial loan company because some argue they do not face the same regulation as regular institutions:

"Am I missing something? Aren’t ILCs regulated and examined by the FDIC, subject to the same regulations (such as CRA and Regulation O) as banks?"

Related: Square's ILC bid is a regulatory end run
Acting CFPB Director Mick Mulvaney
On former acting Consumer Financial Protection Director Raj Date criticizing one of his successors, Mick Mulvaney:

"I have a lot of respect for Raj, but if he was so concerned about management of the CFPB he wouldn’t have bailed on it as quickly as he did."

Related: Mick Mulvaney was ‘a disaster' as CFPB chief: Raj Date