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New: Crypto-asset Regulation in the Markets

Regulators, scholars, and market users gathered on Capitol Hill to discuss the current state of play in cryptocurrencies in the securities and futures markets. The post-roundtable report, The Dawn of Crypto Regulation, encapsulates the discussion conference that included a a fireside chat with CFTC Commissioner, Rostin Behnam.

Report: Regulating the Derivatives Markets

The New Rules Of The Road summarizes the discussions at a roundtable which focused on three major regulatory themes: the economic impact of regulations, how best to enforce rules, and the future of regulation and how technology will play a role.  The report also includes comments by CFTC Commissioner, Brian Quintenz.

Industry Joins Forces to Launch Education Resource

The CME Group, CME Group Foundation, FIA, National Futures Association and the Institute for Financial Markets have joined forces in support of free, online derivatives education, providing interactive tools, a trading simulator and curriculum for a wide variety of audiences. This new free resource found at our website Futures Fundamentals helps learners of all levels understand how futures and options markets work, and why they matter to Main Street and you.

CFTC Commissioner Speaks at Regulation Roundtable

Commissioner Brian D. Quintenz was the keynote speaker at our recent roundtable on smart financial regulation.  The event co-hosted by the IFM and The Mercatus Center at George Mason University attracted regulators, policymakers, market participants and scholars to discuss how a principled approach to regulation, supported by economic analysis and effective enforcement, sustains a safe, liquid and innovative financial marketplace.

IFM Briefs Senate Staff

The IFM provided a educational briefing on derivatives markets for legislative staff of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, & Forestry in advance of the hearings of the President's nominations to fill vacancies at Commodity Futures Trading Commission for two Republican seats and the appointment of Acting Chairman Giancarlo's as a permanent chairmanship

IFM Partners in Japanese Investor Education

The Financial Futures Association of Japan (FFAJ), a self-regulatory organization, and the IFM have partnered in a financial markets  educational project, aimed at the Japanese investment community. FFAJ ensures the protection of investors and sound growth of the financial futures industry through proper business management of financial futures firms. FFAJ  membership includes more than 140 global and regional banks, futures brokers and securities companies.

Educating Policymakers

The IFM provided a 3-part, derivatives educational course on futures, options, swaps to the professional staff of the U.S. House Committee on Agriculture. Senior staff from the Commodity Futures Trading Commission and National Futures Association also contributed to the educational program.