The Psaros Center is hosting its annual Financial Markets Quality (FMQ) conference on Wednesday, November 15, 2023 from 9am – 5pm.
This year’s theme is Transformation of Financial Markets. Confirmed speakers include: Rostin Behnam, Chair of the U.S. CFTC; David Schwimmer, CEO of the London Stock Exchange Group; Hester Peirce, Commissioner of the U.S. SEC; Christy Goldsmith Romero, Commissioner of the U.S. CFTC; Summer Mersinger, Commissioner of the U.S. CFTC and the Hon. French Hill, member of Congress, and many more to be announced.
Based in Washington, D.C., at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business, the Psaros Center for Financial Markets and Policy has a legacy of impact – from its origins following the 2008 financial crisis to its ongoing expertise on timely issues at the intersection of finance and policy.
Through influential thought leadership and rigorous, independent, and timely research, the Georgetown Psaros Center for Financial Markets and Policy impacts policy and practice for market participants around the world.
Housed at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business, the Psaros Center accomplishes this by:
Advancing the global dialogue on the ways in which finance impacts society;
Addressing timely issues around public and private markets, market structure, ESG, and digital assets;
Conducting unbiased research that impacts practice and policy;
Convening scholars, industry participants, policymakers, regulators, investors, and corporate leaders through conferences and events in Washington, D.C., and around the world–both virtually and in person– to help shape practice and policy; and
Cultivating students to become the next generation of globally minded, principled leaders who will use finance to serve the common good.
Through these activities, the Psaros Center delivers innovative solutions. enriches the intellectual life of the university, and inspires meaningful change.
Alumnus and Mentor Collaborate to Build the Newly Renamed Psaros Center for Financial Markets and Policy
More than a decade after providing seed capital to establish a financial markets and policy center at the McDonough School of Business, Michael G. (B’89) and Robin Psaros (Parents’21) are committing $11 million to build the newly renamed Psaros Center for Financial Markets and Policy into the preeminent destination for unbiased expertise at the intersection of finance and policy.
The Psaros Center for Financial Markets & Policy was founded in the immediate aftermath of the 2008 economic crash. The collapse and bankruptcy filing of Lehman Brothers, followed by the precipitous market crash, uncertainty across major global financial institutions, and subsequent government bailouts, showed a clear need for unbiased dialogue among market professionals, scholars, and policymakers. The Psaros Center’s founding principle was to give a voice to the financial markets and create an ongoing dialogue for the good of industry practices and policy.
More than ten years later, the Psaros Center addresses the urgent financial markets issues of today and informs the future of global finance. A policy and research center within Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business, it brings together industry professionals, policymakers and scholars through nonpartisan, solutions-driven platforms.
Visiting Fellows at the Psaros Center for Financial Markets and Policy contribute to the goals of advancing the dialogue on the ways in which finance impacts society by addressing timely issues around public and private markets; digital assets; market structure; and ESG and climate disclosure by conducting unbiased research, convening policymakers and market participants, and cultivating students to become the next generation of globally minded, principled leaders who will use finance to serve the common good.
In the meantime, US investors need to be very careful about where they trade in cryptos, said Reena Aggarwal, director of Georgetown University’s Psaros Center for Financial Markets and Policy. “US regulators are going aggressively after crypto firms, I don’t expect this to change.” Bitcoin and ether futures traded on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, Aggarwal said, are a safe bet because the exchange is a regulated entity. “There are also ETFs linked to bitcoin futures offered by traditional financial