Lawmakers have been getting an earful from disgruntled consumers.
Backers of the legislation, which passed Thursday, say it will prevent any future wave of foreclosures like the one that has engulfed the US housing market.
Some firms, including Morgan Stanley, race to prove they can fund themselves by turning to private investors.
'Stress tests' reveal that banks need to raise more than $65 billion to be able to keep lending if the recession drags on.
The tests will be the first clear look at which banks are doing better than others, for example, but they won't be the last word.
Keeping the US truly safe, argues a journalist, requires us to radically rethink our sense of safety.