Established in 1989, the Institute for Financial Markets (IFM) is a nonpartisan, nonprofit educational foundation. The IFM seeks to increase public awareness and understanding of the importance of financial markets and the financial service industry to the global economy and to improve the technical competence of those in the industry who deal with the public. In advancement of such purpose, the Institute engages in activities such as research, publications dissemination, e-learning, courses, roundtables, and conferences.
We focus our attention and activities primarily on derivatives markets — the vital markets for instruments like futures, options and swaps. Derivatives markets help to support a vibrant economy and help individuals, institutions, producers, companies and governments understand market functions and improve their management of credit risks.
The IFM is incorporated in the District of Columbia and qualified as a nonprofit organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the U.S. Internal Revenue Service Code. While we are an independent affiliate of the FIA, by statute we do not take an institutional position on issues, or participate in any campaign for elected public office.