Reena Aggarwal and Stacey Cunningham at the Financial Markets Quality Conference 2019

Financial Markets Quality Conference 2022

The annual Financial Markets Quality (FMQ) conference was be held in person on October 14, 2022. Topics included crypto legislation, digital assets, ESG & climate disclosure, market structure, and an update on regulatory and policy.


FMQ 2022 Keynote Speakers

All FMQ 2022 Speakers

Chair Rostin Behnam

CFTC Chair
Commodity Futures Trading Commission

Chair Gary Gensler

SEC Chair
U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission

Senator Cynthia Lummis

Senator (R-WY)
U.S. Senate

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand

Senator (D-NY)
U.S. Senate

Driving the future of global finance.

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:

Through these activities, the Psaros Center delivers innovative solutions. enriches the intellectual life of the university, and inspires meaningful change.

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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.

Psaros Center Announcement

About the Psaros Center

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.

About the Center

The Psaros Center holds webinars, seminars, and interviews with some of the world’s most influential leaders in markets and policy. From its foundation of rigorous research and policy, the Center addresses timely issues with the leaders at the forefront of shaping our financial systems now and defining the priorities and solutions of the future.

Previous Speakers

All Previous Speakers

David Rubenstein

Co-Founder and Co-Executive Chairman of The Carlyle Group

Stacey Cunningham

President of the New York Stock Exchange (former)

Mary Callahan Erdoes

Chief Executive Officer of Asset & Wealth Management
J.P. Morgan Chase

Chairman Jay Clayton

Chairman of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission

Psaros Center News

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Media Mentions, News

The lessons of the 2011 debt ceiling crisis, explained by the negotiators who were there

The outcome in 2011 revealed that even getting close to a default was dangerous and had a problematic impact on the economy, experts say. “This is an entirely human-made crisis that adds extra cost to the taxpayer, that can lead to market volatility, and that’s totally avoidable,” said David Vandivier, a former Treasury Department official.

February 1, 2023

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Media Mentions, News

Veterans of the Obama-era debt ceiling standoff on the current one: We may be doomed

“It feels like there’s a desire to get closer and closer to the brink,” said David Vandivier, who was a senior Treasury official during the 2011 negotiations. “At a certain point, you don’t know where the line is.”

January 26, 2023

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Media Mentions, News

Here’s What Investing Experts Are Watching in 2023, From Inflation to China’s Economic Reopening

“The markets will be very volatile,” predicts James Angel, a finance professor at Georgetown University. “There are a lot of things which could move the market.” Experts say there are five factors affecting the stock market that they’ll be monitoring this year.

January 9, 2023

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Our executive director, David Vandivier, shares his thoughts on the debt ceiling standoff with @politico:

January 26 · 3:51 pm