Futures Unbound: The Cato Summit on Financial Regulation

Conference
June 6, 2016
10:00AM to 2:00PM EDT
The Drake Hotel, 140 East Walton Place, Chicago, IL

Finance is about the future. A strong financial system frees us from the constraints of time, protects us from uncertainties that lie ahead, and enables us to build a prosperous tomorrow. By hedging downside risk — via insurance, specialized financial instruments, and direct access to capital markets — finance, at its best, gives us greater freedom to choose one future over another. This link between today and tomorrow is, however, greatly shaped by regulation — both public and private. We are currently undergoing a dramatic shift in the regulatory approach to finance, specifically in the areas of insurance, swaps, and derivatives. Will the shifting framework bolster these financial tools or will it disconnect us from their benefits? Please join a distinguished group of speakers at this special Cato Institute summit as they examine the current state of financial regulation and offer proposals for better connecting households and businesses to their preferred future.

9:30 - 9:55AM REGISTRATION

9:55 - 10:00AM WELCOMING REMARKS

Mark A. Calabria, Director, Financial Regulation Studies, Cato Institute
 
10:00 - 10:40AM KEYNOTE ADDRESS

Hon. Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-MO), Chairman, Subcommittee on Housing and Insurance, U.S House of Representatives

Download a podcast of the “Welcoming Remarks” and “Keynote Address”
 
10:40 - 11:15AM INSURANCE REGULATION: A VIEW FROM THE FED

Thomas Sullivan, Associate Director, Division of Banking Supervision and Regulation, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System
 
11:15 - 11:45AM SPECULATION: THE GOOD, THE BAD, THE REGULATION

Thaya Brook Knight, Associate Director, Financial Regulation Studies, Cato Institute

Download a podcast of the “Speculation: The Good, the bad, the Regulation”
 
11:45AM - 12:20PM HOW CLEARINGHOUSES HANDLE CRISES (AND WHY THEY’RE BETTER AT IT THAN CENTRAL BANKS)

George Selgin, Director, Center for Monetary and Financial Alternatives, Cato Institute

Download a podcast of the “How Clearinghouses Handle Crises (and Why They’re Better at It Than Central Banks)”
 
12:20 - 12:40PM RECEPTION
 
12:40 - 1:50PM LUNCH ADDRESS

Omri Ben-Shahar, Leo and Eileen Herzel Professor of Law and Kearney Director of the Coase-Sandor Institute for Law and Economics, University of Chicago
 
1:50 - 2:00PM CLOSING REMARKS

Mark A. Calabria, Director, Financial Regulation Studies, Cato Institute

Download a podcast of the “Lunch Address” and “Closing Remarks”
 

Online registration is now closed, but if you would like to attend this event, please contact Elissa Hagans at 202-218-4639 or e-mail her at ehagans [at] cato.org.