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 and conferences.The IFM has a unique position in fulfilling the knowledge needs of industry professionals and investors, as well as other stakeholders 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 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 FIA, and by statute the IFM does not take an institutional position on issues nor participates in advocacy or on any campaign for elected public office.