2017 Financial Stability and FinTech Conference

November 30-December 1, 2017, in Washington, D.C.

Jointly organized by the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, the Office of Financial Research, along with the Robert H. Smith School of Business, and the Journal of Financial Services Research (JFSR).

Conference organizers cordially invite the submission of research and policy-oriented papers for the 2017 Financial Stability Conference to be held on November 30-December 1, 2017, in Washington, D.C.

OVERVIEW: The recent years have witnessed rapid innovation in financial technology (FinTech). A particular focus of the 2017 conference is to highlight research and advance the dialogue on the implications of FinTech for financial stability.

The conference welcomes theoretical and empirical research from a wide range of academic disciplines. We aim to bring scholars from computer science, economics, engineering, finance, and other related fields together with policy makers and representatives from the FinTech industry. We anticipate discussions centering on the financial stability implications of FinTech and the implications for policy and regulation. There will be two types of discussions. Research Forums and Policy Discussions. The research forums will follow the format of an academic workshop and include a discussant. Papers submitted to research forums will be selected by a scientific committee composed of Mark Carey (Fed), Sanjiv Das (Santa Clara), Mark Flannery (Florida), Bryan Ford (EPFL), Albert Kyle (Maryland), Andrew Lo (MIT), Patricia Mosser (Columbia), Thomas Philippon (NYU), N. Prabhala (Maryland), Emin Sirer (Cornell).

Policy discussions include keynote addresses and panel discussions with prominent speakers and panelists from industry, regulatory agencies, and academia. David Yermack (NYU) has agreed to be the academic keynote speaker.

TOPICS: We welcome submissions of research on topics related to FinTech and financial stability, systemic risk, and related public policy. Conference topics include, but are not limited to:
– Big Data
– Blockchain including Anonymity and Pseudonymity Techniques
– Cryptocurrencies and Monetary Policy
– Cybersecurity and FinTech
– FinTech Charters
– High Frequency Trading
– Innovations in FinTech
– Payment Systems
– Regulation of FinTech
– Regulation Technology (RegTech)
– Relation between FinTech Firms and Traditional Banks
– Text Analytics for Risk Management
– Wealth Management and Robo-Advising

Papers focusing on financial stability but not necessarily FinTech-related are also welcome.

Selected papers and discussions will be invited to submit to JFSR for possible publication in a special issue. JFSR submission is not required for conference submission.

PAPER SUBMISSION PROCEDURE: The deadline for submissions is July 17, 2017. Please submit completed papers to: https://umdsurvey.umd.edu/jfe3/form/SV_1GKRr6Dk6tYVSV7. Notification of acceptance will be provided by September 5, 2017. Travel and accommodation expenses will be covered for one presenter for each accepted paper.

ORGANIZING COMMITTEE: Joseph Haubrich (Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland), Simon Kwan (Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland), Stacey Schreft (OFR), Haluk Unal (Smith School/JFSR)

FURTHER INFORMATION: For questions contact FRBC-OFR-Smith-FintechConf