Center for Financial Policy


The Center for Financial Policy leverages the Smith School’s world-renowned faculty, leading research, and proximity to Washington, D.C. to promote a collaborative exchange of ideas on the key issues that affect financial markets.

The center’s annual conferences with the Securities and Exchange Commission and Federal Reserve anchor its schedule of premier events.

Watch a short video from Russell Wermers, Dean's Chair in Finance and director of the Center for Financial Policy, on the center's mission.

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CFP-UBS Quant Insight Series

Decomposing the Value of Corporate Culture
Jillian Grennan, Fuqua School of Business, Duke University

August 18, 2020
9 a.m. EDT


Note: Please enter Paul Winter/CFP when asked for UBS contact.

Extracting signals of environmental, social, and governance (ESG) metrics relies on quantifying qualitative concepts, yet divergent approaches have resulted in inconsistent and confusing constructs. Learn more.

Financial Stability Analysis & Data: Minding the Gaps

September 29, 2020
3 p.m. EDT


Federal Reserve Vice Chair of Supervision, Randal Quarles, and Stanford Business professor, Darrell Duffie will discuss the progress on financial stability analysis and data needs since the 2008 financial crisis, what additional gaps the current crisis reveals, and the key issues going forward. Learn more.

The ‘Narrative Economics’ Playing Out Now

Center for Financial Policy Hosts Nobel Laureate in Global Webinar

“Stories abound in life,” Maryland Smith’s Russell Wermers said, opening a webinar discussion Tuesday. The topic: Narrative economics, with Nobel laureate Robert Shiller.

Shiller, who received the 2013 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences, has recently written a book “Narrative Economics: How Stories Go Viral and Drive Major Economic Events,” about stories and how they affect the way people think. Read more.

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Russ WermersMaryland Smith’s Russ Wermers Named to SEC Advisory Committee

Maryland Smith finance professor Russ Wermers was selected by the Securities and Exchange Commission to serve on its new Asset Management Advisory Committee, formed to offer advice and recommendations to the SEC on how regulations and industry trends impact investors.


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