Institute for Financial Markets
|Institute for Financial Markets (IFM)|
The Institute for Financial Markets (IFM) is a nonprofit educational foundation that was founded in 1989. The IFM touts itself as a foundation that provides quality, unbiased information and education to increase public understanding of the importance of financial markets and financial service industry to the global economy and to improve the technical competence of those in the industry who deal with the public.
The IFM focuses its efforts in three core areas - education, ethics and data. It develops and delivers market-based educational programs, online training and data products that are used by financial industry professionals, investors, U.S. and international regulators, public-policy makers, and universities.
In addition, the IFM, publishes the Review of Futures Markets, a quarterly, peer-reviewed financial journal and supports the Asia-Pacific Futures Research Symposium. The Review promotes global research and the study of financial engineering, derivatives markets and products, and includes insightful articles that appeal to a high-level audience including exchange professionals, market practitioners, financial engineers and academics among others. The IFM also funds independent research studies that are subjected to a peer-review process , a rigorous process that encourages authors to meet quality standards and avoid the dissemination of unwarranted findings, interpretations, and personal views.
In January 2012, the IFM and Eurex partnered to offer an educational initiative targeting Eurex exchange members, potential clients, and other members of the industry. The project provides webinars in English and Brazilian Portuguese.
The IFM is an affiliate of the Futures Industry Association (FIA), but operates autonomously as an independent foundation. The IFM is governed by a board of trustees , separate and apart from the FIA Board of Directors. IFM trustees are drawn from the principal segments of the financial industry and provide policy guidance and direction to the foundation's staff.
The IFM has no members and does not engage in any lobbying activities. It funds its activities and the development of new programs and services from two sources: the sale of its products and services, and the generous support from a broad range of financial institutions, exchanges, brokerage firms and participants from a variety of market sectors. The IFM is exempt from income tax under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code (IRC). No taxable unrelated business income is generated and accordingly no provision for income taxes.
Products and Services
Calendar of Events
The IFM offers a variety of live courses, customized in-house programs and Web courses. Clients include global investment banks, broker dealers, FCMs, hedge funds, portfolio and money managers, traders, investors, public-policy makers, regulators and exchanges. Courses range from basic to expert levels.
The IFM provides customized education and specialized training to a wide cross-section of financial market users from investors to governments, exchanges, financial firms and multi-country member organizations. Courses range from basic to intermediate and expert level to meet the varied educational needs of those in the industry. All IFM courses are led by qualified, well-rounded educators who blend theory, practice and application into each program. In addition to customized, in-house education, the IFM offers open-enrollment courses offered in major financial centers.
- National Commodity Futures Examination - Series 3 exam
- Futures Managed Funds Examination - Series 31 exam
- Limited Futures Examination, Regulations -Series 32 exam
Ethics, Professional Conduct and AML Training
The IFM is a recognized leader in ethics and professional conduct training, and has provided training to more than 900,000 futures and security industry professionals worldwide. The IFM develops its training content from interviews with regulators and industry compliance professionals, through research and review of enforcement cases and client working groups.
The IFM offers an ethics and anti-money laundering compliance training programs that fulfill the regulatory obligations of firms and registrants as mandated by National Futures Association (NFA) and Compliance Rule 2-9. and the Commodity Exchange Act (CEA) In addition, the IFM authors educational content for customized professional conduct programs for regulators, exchanges and firms; conducts in-person training sessions; develops train-the-trainer materials; and provides coaching sessions for in-house staff.
The IFM's Data Center was established with a grant from the Tudor Investment Corporation, founded by Paul Tudor Jones. The Data Center provides historical intra-day tick data on major futures contracts and U.S. equities and low-cost data services.  Subscription-based data services include:
- Exchange Trading Fees Databank, the only independent source in the world for validated trading fees data. This service provides futures commission merchants, broker/dealers and clearing organizations worldwide with a transparent means of collecting, monitoring and validating exchange, clearing and regulatory fees associated with global trading. Coverage includes more than 70 futures and options on futres exchanges, and 37 equity options exchanges.
- Futures & Options Factbook, an online guide to all products and contract specifications traded on 90 international exchanges, and includes a global holiday exchange calendar.
- Security Futures Factbook, an online guide to single-stock futures, ETF and narrow-based index futures and options; and broad-based index futures and options traded globally.
- Position Limits Databank, a one-of-a-kind service that continously monitors and aggregates accountability levels, reporting levels and position limits data on 75 futures and options on futures exchanges.
- Equity Position Limits Databank, a unique data service that continously monitors and aggregates accountability levels, reporting levels and position limits data on 22 equity options exchanges.
Finally, the IFM participates in the development of standards and fostering best practices initiatives in the financial services industry. One such initiative was a report to the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission, Recommendations for Best Practice in Order Entry and Transmission of Exchange-Traded Futures and Options Transactions, completed by the IFM along with the NFA.
- Chairman, Peter F. Borish, CEO, Computer Trading Corporation
- Vice Chairman, Thomas A. Russo, Executive Vice President, Legal, Compliance, Regulatory Affairs and Government Affairs and General Counsel, American International Group, Inc. (AIG)
- Secretary/Treasurer, Mark Holder, Product Development & Research Director, Hong Kong Mercantile Exchange (HKMEx)
Members of the Board:
- Thomas F. Callahan, Executive Vice President, NYSE EuronextNYSE Euronext and CEO of NYSE Liffe U.S
- Fernando Centelles (Ex Officio), Chief Executive Officer, MEFF (Mercado Español de Futuros Financieros)
- Walt Lukken, President and CEO, Futures Industry Association
- John M. Damgard, Senior Special Advisor, Futures Industry Association
- Michael C. Dawley (Ex Officio), Managing Director, Goldman, Sachs & Co. and Futures Industry Association, Chairman
- Daniel A. Driscoll, Executive Vice President & Chief Compliance Officer, National Futures Association
- Laurie R. Ferber, Executive Vice President & General Counsel, MF Global, Ltd.
- Scott Gordon, Chief Executive Officer, Rosenthal Collins Group
- Arthur W. Hahn, Partner, Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP
- Edward A. Kwalwasser, Senior Counsel, Proskauer Rose LLP
- Robert G. Pickel, Chief Executive Officer, International Swaps and Derivatives Association, Inc. (ISDA)
- Neal A. Shear, Chief Executive Officer, , Higgs Capital Management LLP
- Vassilis Vergotis, Executive Vice President, Head of the Americas, Eurex
- Patricia Foshee (Ex Officio), President, IFM
Associates and Instructors:
- Kevin Baldwin
- Stanley Dash
- Neil J. McKenzie
- John H. O'Connell, CFA
- John Sanaghan
- Charlotte Scott
- Mayra Rodriguez Valladares
- Mehmet Yanilmaz, Ph.D.
- ↑ Review of Futures Markets/Educational Research Foundation Symposia. IFM.
- ↑ Eurex and IFM announce joint educational initiative. Deutsche Borse Group.
- ↑ IFM Board of Trustees. IFM.
- ↑ Calendar of Events. Institute for Financial Markets.
- ↑ NFA Proficiency Requirement. NFA.
- ↑ NFA Manual/Rules. NFA.
- ↑ Commodity Exchange Act. CFTC.
- ↑ Professional Conduct and Responsibility Programs. IFM.
- ↑ Tudor Funds. Tudor Funds.
- ↑ Data Center. IFM.
- ↑ Recommendations for Best Practice in Order Entry and Transmission of Exchange-Traded Futures and Options Transactions. IFM.