Smart Financial Regulation Roundtable - Regulating Derivatives Markets

The Mercatus Center at George Mason University and the Institute for Financial Markets (IFM) co-hosted a conference on smart financial regulation — with a particular emphasis on derivatives.

Derivatives markets have a rich history of helping important sectors of the economy manage their risks. For these markets to continue to grow and innovate in response to market participant needs, the regulatory framework must be flexible and dynamic, so it can support an efficient and orderly market environment.

The ongoing debate over financial regulation in a Dodd-Frank Act world offered a timely opportunity for a nonpartisan roundtable that informs and fosters dialogue on appropriate and practical regulation.

This event brought together market participants, regulators, policymakers, 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.