The Institute for Financial Markets has a unique position in fulfilling the knowledge needs of industry professionals and investors, as well as other stakeholders or “consumers” of financial market information, such as the lawmakers, regulators, educators and the media. While most of these other stakeholders do not trade, nor directly service the needs of financial market participants, they still have a keen interest in the markets. Often they serve in roles that shape legislation, policies and practices, or inform and teach about the markets. The IFM is well-suited to fill this educational gap given our longstanding, independent educational mission and nonpartisan, noncommercial objectives.
Better informed and educated market participants and stakeholders benefit industry and society. They ensure that policy, regulations, standards, and conduct are at the highest levels, and that open markets continue to thrive and fulfill their social and economic purpose, and support the resilience of the global financial system.