Regulated Exchanges: Dynamic Agents of Economic Growth

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Exchanges play an essential and central role in the world's economy. They epitomize transparency in the price-formation process, informing investors and disseminating vital information for the functioning of financial markets, and in so doing they represent an important source of capital for nascent and established companies alike. Even during the recent crisis, exchanges remained open and liquid in the face of extreme volatility-thus the trust investors place in regulated exchanges when confronted with uncertainty is beyond doubt.

Since the inception of the World Federation of Exchanges in the 1960s, the operational and competitive landscape for organized exchanges has changed radically. Technology and globalization have allowed financial flows to move freely across borders, and burgeoning competition and lower regulatory barriers have spurred far-reaching transformations in the way securities are traded.

Against this background, and on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the World Federation of Exchanges, the WFE has partnered with Larry Harris and the Centre for European Policy Studies to produce a definitive volume of essays to take a look at the historic role exchanges have played in the global economy, highlighting pivotal innovations that shaped this role, and to lay out prospective ways in which exchanges will continue to shape the global economy in the future. Opening with key conceptual essays by leading academics, Regulated Exchanges examines the historical contribution of exchanges to the world's economic growth, exchanges' economic importance, and the regulatory characteristics of the space in which exchanges operate. The volume then presents essays on several defining milestones in the history of exchanges written by leading figures that took part in that very history, showing the interaction between the founding of exchanges, local cultures, and world financial markets. The book appropriately closes with a look forward, examining the competitive landscape and the exciting and promising future of regulated exchanges.

Offering an unparalleled collection of perspectives from leading academics and practitioners involved in the history of exchanges, Regulated Exchanges sheds a brilliant and welcome light on how exchanges have influenced and fostered successful financial markets, and how they will do so for many years to come.

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"Exchanges always should keep in mind their essential role-to facilitate the channelling of savings towards productive investment-which, as repeatedly has been demonstrated, is of the utmost relevance for economic development, and thus for the welfare of humankind. The hopes of millions of families, and the business projects of thousands of companies, have passed throughout the engines of our institutions: from the overseas trading companies in the seventeenth century to the construction of the railways in the nineteenth, to the design and deployment of modern telecommunications networks that connect the world in this still fresh millennium." —From the preface by Pedro Rodríguez Ponga, former President of the Bolsa de Madrid and former Chairman of the World Federation of Exchanges
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199772728
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 11/4/2010
  • Pages: 400
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Larry Harris holds the Fred V. Keenan Chair in Finance at the University of Southern California Marshall School of Business. His introductory text on the economics of trading, Trading and Exchanges: Market Microstructure for Practitioners (Oxford University Press: 2003), is widely regarded as required reading for entrants into the securities industry. In July 2002, Professor Harris was appointed Chief Economist of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, where he served until June 2004.

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Table of Contents

Editor's Introduction
Lawrence Harris, Editor-in-chief, University of Southern California Marshall School of Business

Forward and Acknowledgements
William J. Brodsky, Chairman, World Federation of Exchanges; Chairman, Chicago Board Options Exchange
Thomas Krantz, Secretary General, World Federation of Exchanges

Pedro Rodríguez Ponga, past president, Bolsa of Madrid and past chairman, WFE


Chapter 1. "Exchanges in Historical and Global Context"
Ranald Michie, University of Durham

Chapter 2. "The Economics of Trading and of Regulated Exchanges"
Lawrence Harris, University of Southern California Marshall School of Business

Chapter 3. "Capital Markets Regulation Revisited"
Karel Lannoo, Centre for European Policy Studies
Piero Cinquegrana, Centre for European Policy Studies

Chapter 4. "A Retrospective of the Unfixing of Rates and Related Deregulation"
Roberta Karmel, Brooklyn Law School

Chapter 5. "Chicago's Decade of Innovation, 1972-1982,"
Hal Weitzman, Financial Times

Chapter 6. "The Long, Promising Evolution of Screen-Based Trading"
Michael Gorham, Illinois Institute of Technology

Chapter 7. "Demutualisation and Self-listing,"
Bengt Ryden, former CEO, Stockholm Stock Exchange

Chapter 8. "The Creation of Exchanges in Countries with Communist Histories"
Wieslaw Rozlucki, Chairman of the Supervisory Board, Bank BPH, and former chairman, Warsaw Stock Exchange

Chapter 9. "The World's Exchanges as Social Agents"
Edemir Pinto, CEO, BM&FBOVESPA

Chapter 10. "Regulated Exchanges and the Ethos of Public Capital Markets"
Atsushi Saito, President and CEO, Tokyo Stock Exchange Group

Chapter 11. "A Free Option on the Future: Regulated Exchanges beyond 2010"
Stephan Malherbe, Genesis Analytics
Nicky Newton-King, Deputy CEO, Johannesburg Stock Exchange
Siobhan Cleary, Senior Manager, Johannesburg Stock Exchange

Appendix: WFE memorabilia

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