World Class Faculty & Research / March 11, 2011

Center for Financial Policy Hosts Systemic Risk Data Issues Forum

On Wednesday March 9th, the Center for Financial Policy at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business, in partnership with NYU’s Salomon Center, UC-Berkeley's Fisher Center and Carnegie Mellon's Center for Financial Markets, hosted a one day forum on systemic risk and data issues. A working group of academic, regulatory, and industry representatives discussed a wide range of issues to lay the groundwork for the larger conference that will be sponsored by the four partner university centers.

Topics discussed included: Systemic Risk Conceptualization and Measurement Issues, Shadow Banking, Executive Compensation, Identifying the Currently Available Data Sources and Determining Data Gaps, and Access to Confidential Data and Dissemination of Findings.

On July 21, 2010, President Obama signed into law the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. The act created an Office of Financial Research (OFR) and a Data Center (OFR/DC) with the mandate to establish a sound data management infrastructure for systemic-risk monitoring.

“Our working group was created to bring together a small group of leaders from academia, regulatory circles, and industry on the subject of systemic risk and data issues,” said Lemma Senbet, Director of the Center for Financial Policy and William E. Mayer Chair Professor of Finance. “I’m very pleased with what has happened today and confident that we will have valuable recommendations to offer OFR as it develops its capacity.”

Members of the working group include representatives from the Office of Financial Research (OFR) at the Treasury, Federal Reserve Board, Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), Financial Stability Oversight Council (FSOC), NASDAQ OMX, and Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation (DTCC). Academics from Maryland, NYU, Berkeley, Carnegie Mellon, University of Pennsylvania and University of Michigan, as well as private sector representatives and Nobel Laureate Robert Engle rounded out the working group.

The highlights of the forum discussion will be presented as a "white" paper, identifying the salient issues of focus for the conference later this year.

The Center for Financial Policy was launched in November 2009 and develops thought leadership in financial policy that impacts corporate performance, capital allocation and the stability of the global financial system. Located in both College Park, MD and in Washington, D.C. at the Smith’s School’s campus in the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, the center is well-situated to take a leadership role with its globally recognized faculty and its extensive relationships with key policymakers, practitioners and academics.

By Eric Miller
Graduate Assistant, Center for Financial Policy
MBA/MPP 2012

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