United States 

Two people claim to serve as CFPB’s Acting Director. When recently departed agency director Richard Cordray left his post earlier than originally scheduled, he named deputy Leandra English as his successor. President Trump, claiming to have authority to make the appointment, named Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney as acting director. A federal court judge ruled in favor of Mulvaney as the agency’s rightful acting director, but both Mulvaney and English subsequently sent emails to CFPB staffers, signing their names as “acting director.” Mulvaney told staffers to disregard any instructions from English, who unsuccessfully sought a temporary restraining order to prevent Mulvaney from fulfilling the appointment. Business Insider.   

Nasdaq proposal for options-data service could expose trading secrets. The Wall Street Journal reported that Wall Street is wary over Nasdaq’s plan to launch an options-data service called the “Intellicator Analytic Tool.” Critics are saying that the Nasdaq proposal, if approved by the SEC, will expose hidden trading strategies.  

Canada  

2017 CSA Investor Index. The OSC announced that, according to the 2017 CSA Investor Index, 53 percent of Canadian investors are optimistic about achieving their investment targets over the next year, compared with 39 percent of investors in 2012. (12/4/2017)  

Detailed data released from review of women on boards and in executive officer positions. The OSC announced that the securities regulatory authorities in Manitoba, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Northwest Territories, Nova Scotia, Nunavut, Ontario, Québec, Saskatchewan and Yukon published the underlying data used to prepare CSA Multilateral Staff Notice 58-309 Staff Review of Women on Boards and in Executive Officer Positions – Compliance with NI 58-101 Disclosure of Corporate Governance Practices, which was published on October 5, 2017. (11/30/2017)