The SEC brought together experts from government and the private sector to discuss the economic trends impacting our securities markets at the agency’s headquarters in Washington, D.C.
The event opened with a fireside chat with Chairman Jay Clayton, Former Director of the U.S. National Economic Council Gary Cohn, and Co-Founder of Silver Lake Partners Glenn Hutchins about global macroeconomic trends. One focus of the discussion was how technology continues to drive financial innovation, creating new efficiencies and opportunities for everyday investors. There was also an emphasis on the importance of cybersecurity in an increasingly digital world.
The following panels analyzed the changes in the debt and equity markets and market concentration and fragmentation. Hosted by the Division of Economic and Risk Analysis (DERA), the State of Our Securities Markets conference allowed participants to share their view from the front lines of the capital markets. DERA Director S.P. Kothari, who moderated the second panel, noted the importance of bringing together various perspectives when evaluating and predicting economic trends.
DERA also released its inaugural Economic and Risk Outlook report this week, which touches on many of the topics that were discussed at the conference. For updates about DERA, including information about upcoming events and reports, be sure to follow them on Twitter: @SEC_DERA.