In Memory of Kevin Baldwin

It is with great sadness that we share the news of the passing of a former colleague and friend, Kevin Lee Baldwin on September 27, 2020.

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DC Fintech Week

Now in it's fourth year, DC Fintech Week is the annual conference that quite literally disrupts the others, and this year it will be virtual. The free, educational event is co-hosted by The Institute of International Economic Law (IIEL) at Georgetown University Law Center and the IFM to increase the public's understanding of policy, regulation and emerging technologies shaping the future.

Report: How Governments Are Reshaping Fintech

IFM has published it's latest report, Issues on the Hill and Beyond: How Governments Are Reshaping Fintech.  The report, part of the IFM's smart regulation series, looks at key aspects of financial technology, regulatory competition as well as the new Financial Innovation Partnership between the U.S. and UK — and the many questions that these innovative and evolving technologies generate.

ICE Joins Other Industry Leaders to Provide Free Market Education

The Intercontinental Exchange (ICE) has joined as a backer of the Futures Fundamentals — an industry-wide educational initiative supported by the IFM, CME Group, CME Foundation, FIA, National Futures Association, among others. ICE operates 12 regulated exchanges and marketplaces. This includes ICE futures exchanges in the U.S., Canada and Europe, including the New York Stock Exchange.

About Futures Fundamentals

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.