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Financial Markets Quality

Georgetown Center for Financial Markets and Policy

Wednesday, September 19, 2012 from 9:30 AM to 6:30 PM

Financial Markets Quality

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Financial Markets Quality

September 19, 2012 

Recent events have raised a number of questions about the quality of financial markets. This timely conference will bring together policymakers, market participants, and scholars to discuss critical issues related to financial market quality and propose solutions for the future.

9:30-10:00 am

Welcome: Reena Aggarwal, McDonough Professor of Business Administration and Professor of Finance, McDonough School of Business, Georgetown University

David Thomas, Dean, McDonough School of Business, Georgetown University  

10:00-10:30 am

Opening Keynote: Maureen O'Hara, Robert W. Purcell Professor of Management and Professor of Finance, Johnson Graduate School of Management, Cornell University

10:30-11:45 am

Panel #1: What is securities market quality, and how should it be measured? What factors help or hurt securities market quality? How does market quality impact different classes of investors? What is the role of regulation in enhancing market quality? How does market quality relate to systemic risk? What can be done to enhance market quality?

Moderator: Michael MacKenzie, Financial Times


Andrew Brooks, T. Rowe Price

Kathleen Casey, formerly of the SEC

Chris Isaacson, BATS


Joseph Mecane, NYSE Euronext

12:00-1:30 pm

Luncheon Keynote: Terrance A. Duffy, Executive Chairman and President, CME Group, Inc.

1:30-3:00 pm

Panel #2: What is the empirical evidence on market quality? Based on data analysis, has market quality improved or deteriorated over time? What is the empirical evidence on the role of alternative trading systems, algorithmic trading, high frequency trading, dark pools, and new trading technology on market quality?

Moderator: James Angel, Georgetown University

Paper Presenters:

Joel Hasbrouck, New York University 

Ingrid Werner, Ohio State University

Terry Hendershott, UC Berkeley


Richard Gorelick, RGM Advisors

Frank Hatheway, NASDAQ OMX

Lawrence Harris, University of Southern California

3:00-3:30 pm

Nobel Laureate Keynote: Robert Engle, Professor of Finance and 2003 Nobel Laureate in Economics, Stern School of Business, New York University Distinguished Visiting Scholar, Georgetown Center for Financial Markets and Policy

3:30-3:45 pm Coffee Break
3:45-5:00 pm

Panel #3: How is the market quality of non-equity asset classes expected to change? How will implementation of Dodd-Frank and the Volcker Rule impact trading of bonds, derivatives and foreign exchange markets? What changes are expected in the transparency and competitiveness of non-equity markets?

Moderator: Ian Domowitz, ITG


Chris Concannon, Virtu Financial

Andrei Kirilenko, CFTC

Chris Rice, State Street Global Advisors

5:00-5:30 pm

Closing Keynote: Daniel Gallagher, Commissioner, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission

5:30-6:30 pm Reception


Have questions about Financial Markets Quality? Contact Georgetown Center for Financial Markets and Policy

When & Where

Georgetown McDonough School of Business
Rafik B. Hariri Building
37th and O Streets, NW
Washington, DC 20057

Wednesday, September 19, 2012 from 9:30 AM to 6:30 PM

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Georgetown Center for Financial Markets and Policy

Offering innovative and influential thought leadership, the Georgetown Center for Financial Markets and Policy fosters discussion on critical policy and regulatory issues related to global financial markets. The center hosts dialogues, conferences, and events involving leading scholars, practitioners,and policymakers; provides a non-partisan forum for informed discussion; sponsors relevant and impactful research on key global market issues; and engages students interested in finance.

For additional informational, contact:

Laura Schofield

Assistant Director, Center for Financial Markets and Policy


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