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The Financial Markets Group

Department of Finance
London School of Economics & Political Science
Houghton Street
London WC2A 2AE
United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0) 207 955 6206
Email:  fmg@lse.ac.uk

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The Financial Markets Group Research Centre (FMG) was established in 1987 at the LSE. The FMG is a leading centre in Europe for policy research into financial markets. It is the focal point of the LSE's research communication with the business, policy making and international finance communities. The FMG works alongside the Department of Finance to understand problems in financial markets and in the decision-making processes of corporations, banks and regulators.


Professor Charles Goodhart

How to Fix Wall Street’s Flawed System of Compensation

The New York Times has reported on a recent speech by Professor Charles Goodhart, who argues that transformation of the old partnership culture into a bonus culture where bankers, traders and executives have minimal accountability, has resulted in a marked increase in the frequency and intensity of financial crises. Read more.


FMG's Simeon Djankov on Europe’s Growth Challenges

Simeon Djankov has addressed Europe's Growth Challenges in a series of interviews and a public lecture at Aarhus University. Addressing issues including tech, European Energy Union, pensions and tax, Dr Djankov proposes a series of measures to improve European Growth.


China's Belt and Road Initiative: Motives, Scope, and Challenges

A new report, published by the Peterson Institute for International Economics, examines Beijing's ambitious plan to build and upgrade highways, railways, ports, and other infrastructure throughout Asia and Europe designed to enrich the economies of China and some 60 of its nearby trading partners - an initiative that has generated enthusiasm and high hopes but also skepticism and wariness. FMG's Simeon Djankov is among the authors of the report. Read more.


Ninth Annual Paul Woolley Centre Conference takes place at LSE

The annual Paul Woolley Centre Conference continues to provide an excellent opportunity to disseminate research and stimulate new ideas by bringing together leading researchers working on the broad themes of contracts and organisational structure, market frictions and asset prices, allocative efficiency and the macro-economy, and policy implications.

The Centre’s ninth conference took place at LSE on 6th and 7th June 2016. Read more.

Jonathan Hill

PODCAST:  The Single EU Capital Market: progress and challenges

Jonathan Hill, European Commissioner for Financial Stability, Financial Services and Capital Markets Union, discusses the development of a single capital market in Europe. Several important initiatives are already underway, and when complete, the single capital market will enhance Europe's innovation and high-tech industries. Listen now.

John Vickers

PODCAST: How Much Equity Capital Should Banks Have?

Recorded at LSE in April, Sir John Vickers (Oxford) discusses the contentious issue of the appropriate amount of equity capital that banks should hold against their assets.

Listen now.



FMG working paper highlights the 'Curse of the Benchmarks' in financial markets

A new working paper by Dimitri Vayanos and Paul Woolley suggests that using stock market indexes as benchmarks of investment performance causes most of the problems associated with asset pricing and asset management: risk/return inversion, short-termism, bubbles and crashes, and  low returns. Intriguingly, momentum funds game benchmarked funds and exacerbate the distortions. Read the paper.

Press coverage: Financial Times;Morningstar (part 1 / part 2);Irish TimesBarron's; Reuters

Has Venture Capital Europe Finally Arrived?

VIDEO: Has European Venture Capital Finally Arrived?

Recorded at LSE, this event brings together academics and practitioners to discuss the state of the European venture capital market. Professor Ulf Axelson sets the stage with a short presentation of new evidence on the drivers of success of venture capital deals, contrasting results in Europe and the US. Professor Felda Hardymon then leads a panel discussion featuring Byron DeeterSaul Klein, and Magnus GoodladWatch now.


As well as high-profile public lectures, the FMG runs numerous seminar series, workshops and conferences throughout the year. To learn more, browse all upcoming FMG events and seminars.