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

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.


Financial Stability Analysis & Data: Minding the Gaps — Change Management

Join us for the second event in this series on financial stability and data gaps where we explore how a successful financial data organization can overcome the barriers to change.


Risk Leadership Series

Learn more about our Risk Management Leadership series co-sponsored by Seba International.


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.

Climate Change Finance & Risk Management Executive Education Program

The Robert H. Smith School of Business, the Department of Atmospheric and Ocean Sciences and the Earth System Science Interdisciplinary Center are launching a new executive education program. We would greatly appreciate your feedback on the short survey to help us assess the most critical issues and topics.


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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