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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.



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.


2 June -  UN - to be fit for purpose

Igor Lukšić, candidate of Montenegro for the position of UN Secretary General, will discuss how to ensure an effective and efficient UN system to address existing and emerging challenges; what further reforms of the UN system are needed to be fit for purpose in order to have more impact on the ground; what the role and priorities of the next Secretary General should be to make the UN more effective, efficient and relevant; and how to achieve sustainable peace and security, foster development and protect human rights.

14:00 - 15:00,  Shaw Library, 6th floor, Old Building, LSE


Ninth Annual Paul Woolley Centre Conference to take place at LSE

The annual Paul Woolley Centre Conference provides 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 will take place on 6th and 7th June 2016View full programme / request a place.

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.