The conference will bring together current and former government officials and experts from different areas of the private sector to explore and discuss the ever-changing economic, risk and market environment and what those changes mean for the structure and function of the securities markets. Areas of focus at the conference will include global macroeconomic trends—and their impacts on our capital markets; changes to the global equity and credit markets—including how today’s markets differ from those of the early 2000s and market concentration and fragmentation within certain areas of the securities markets, including relevant causes and potential risks and effects.
8:30-9:30 a.m. Doors Open / Coffee Available
9:30-9:45 a.m. Welcome Remarks
S.P. Kothari, Director, Division of Economic and Risk Analysis, Securities and Exchange Commission
9:45-10:45 a.m. Fireside Chat: Current Global Macroeconomic Trends Affecting Our Capital Markets
Discussion concerning global macroeconomic trends and their impacts on our capital markets. Participants will explore effects on markets arising from US and global monetary policy, fiscal policy (taxes), trade policy, regulation, Brexit, and other economic and geopolitical issues.
11 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Panel: Changes in and Outlook for Debt and Equity Markets
Discussion concerning changes to the global equity and credit markets, including how today’s markets differ from those of the early 2000s. Panelists will explore the dynamics, trends, and risks shaping tomorrow’s markets, including corporate debt levels and high yield debt, CLOs, the impact of economic growth slowdown in the U.S. and Europe, dynamics in China and Asia, bank risk, and relevant regulation.
12:15-1:15 p.m. Lunch Break
1:15-2:30 p.m. Panel: Market Concentration and Fragmentation – Causes, Effects, and Related Issues
Discussion concerning market concentration and fragmentation within certain areas of the securities markets, including relevant causes and potential risks and effects. Panelists will explore questions such as: Which aspects of the securities markets are becoming more concentrated? Which aspects are becoming more fragmented? What are the relevant causes and attendant risks? What are the implications of common ownership concentration for product market competition?
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