Criticism of the Federal Reserve is mounting, whether it’s President Trump tweeting that Chairman Powell is not following his advice or progressives calling for the Fed to use its monetary powers to fuel government spending. Amid public scrutiny and at a time of growing uncertainty for the business of central banking, Powell asked the Fed “to take stock of how we formulate, conduct, and communicate monetary policy.” Shadowing the Fed’s strategic review, Cato’s 37th Annual Monetary Conference will explore a broad array of recommendations for improving the monetary framework — and go beyond the narrow scope of the Fed’s agenda to share a vision for a monetary system best suited for a free society.
Featuring Luis Almagro, Secretary General, Organization of American States; joining by Skype, María Corina Machado, National Coordinator, Vente Venezuela; Pedro Urruchurtu, Political Science Professor, Universidad Central de Venezuela; moderated by Juan Carlos Hidalgo, Policy Analyst on Latin America, Center for Global Liberty and Prosperity, Cato Institute.
Featuring Chairman Jelena McWilliams, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation; Deputy Director Brian Johnson, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau; Barry Wides, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency; Tracy Basinger, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco; Lydia Beyoud, Bloomberg Law; Thomas P. Brown, Paul Hastings LLP; Jotaka Eaddy, LendUp; Rob Morgan, American Bankers Administration; George Selgin, Cato Institute; Steven Smith, Finicity; Diego Zuluaga, Cato Institute; Todd Zywicki, George Mason University and Cato Institute; Rodney Hood, Chairman, National Credit Union Association; Lydia Mashburn, Managing Director, Center for Monetary and Financial Alternatives, Cato Institute.
Featuring Paul Watkins, Director of the Office of Innovation, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau; Conan French, Senior Advisor for Innovation and Fintech, Institute for International Finance; Eric Mogilnicki, Partner, Covington & Burling LLP; Diego Zuluaga, Policy Analyst, Cato Institute’s Center for Monetary and Financial Alternatives; moderated by Todd Zywicki, George Mason University Foundation Professor of Law, Antonin Scalia Law School and Senior Fellow, Cato Institute.
Featuring David Beckworth, Director, Program on Monetary Policy, Mercatus Center at George Mason University; George Selgin, Author, Floored!: How a Misguided Fed Experiment Deepened and Prolonged the Great Recession, and Director, Center for Monetary and Financial Alternatives, Cato Institute.