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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Fourth Annual Federal Reserve Short Term Funding Markets Conference 

April 30, 2021 | 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. EDT


Financial Stability Analysis & Data: The OFR: Constructive Thoughts for a New Environment

March 24, 2021

Join us for our third event in this series on financial stability and data gaps where we examine why the new administration could take a fresh approach to the OFR.


The Second Objective Function

Cracking the Code on Climate Change Economic Scenarios: Issues in Translating Physical to Financial Risks

February 12, 2021


CFP-UBS Quant Insight Series

Modern portfolio management is built on quantitative analysis. We examine the key issues driving financial markets from a quantitative perspective. Learn more about this series of webinars hosted in conjunction with UBS’s Quant Research team.

Watch our latest event Does Money Change Everything with William N. Goetzmann.


Risk Leadership Series

Our Risk Management Leadership series is co-sponsored by Seba International. Watch our most recent event on Regulation Risk: Impact to Banking & FinTech.


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.

Read the monthly Longbrake Letter.

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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