Overview

The Institute for Financial Market Regulation (IFMR) is a cooperative project of professionals in financial market regulation with faculty and students from the University at Albany and Albany Law School. The shared goal is to develop interdisciplinary research and education in financial market regulation.

The Institute connects the scholarship of academic researchers with the knowledge and experience of professionals in financial market regulation to understand current issues facing regulators and supervisors.

At the University at  Albany, students can pursue studies in financial  market regulation as an Interdisciplinary Studies major concentration or a minor. Students also can pursue graduate and legal education in financial market regulation at the University at Albany and Albany Law School.

Two central principles drive the activities of the Institute for Financial Market Regulation.

  • Collaboration among practicing professionals and academic organizations is central to high-quality and relevant education and research in financial market regulation.
  • Education and research in financial market regulation require knowledge of how finance, law, public policy, and computer and information technology jointly shape financial market regulation.

Together, IFMR students, professional participants, and faculty engage financial regulation issues in each of these areas:

  • The business of financial markets.
    • To understand how regulations and controls affect business functions.
  • The law of market regulation.
    • To know how rules apply to business functions and policy questions.
  • Public policy in financial market regulation.
    • To anticipate how regulations should be designed given tradeoffs among competing considerations.
  • Information Management and Technology
    • To understand how technology, information management and data analysis are essential to market regulation and surveillance.