The Financial Markets Group Research Centre (FMG) was established in 1987 at the LSE. The FMG is a leading centre in Europe for academic research into financial markets. It is the focal point of the LSE's research communication with the business, policy making and academic finance communities.
Under the leadership of the Director, Prof Christopher Polk, the FMG brings together a core team of senior academics and young researchers to undertake cutting edge theoretical and empirical research. Moreover, by enabling regular research visits and through its Visiting Scholars Programme, the FMG attracts some of the world renowned finance academics and outstanding young researchers. The FMG has also developed strong links with the user community, in particular investment banks, commercial banks and regulatory bodies, and attracts support from a large number of City institutions, both private and public. It stands at the forefront of understanding problems in financial markets and in the decision-making processes of corporations, banks and regulators.
Research at the FMG is conducted through the following thematic research programmes:
Each thematic programme hosts a number of associated projects on key research areas. The Centre's dissemination activities include seminars, numerous high-profile conferences, specialised workshops, public lectures and the publication of over 30 research papers per year. These are all organised around the core research programme structure.
The FMG hosts a series of weekly seminars, including the Capital Markets Workshop, the Financial Regulation Seminar, the Taxation Seminar, which have become key discussion programmes for decision makers from both the professional sphere and for policy makers.
The Group also disseminates its research through its publications. These include the FMG Special Papers and Discussion Papers, which offer specialist analysis on topical and scientific issues. Also, the FMG produces the FMG Review, a popular termly bulletin with updates on the Centre's activities and research programmes, and articles on current research issues which are distributed to subscribers around the world.