The Squam Lake Report: Fixing the Financial System

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Preface

The Squam Lake Group is 15 leading financial economists who came together to offer guidance on the reform of financial regulation. The group first met for a weekend in the fall of 2008 at a remote and scenic retreat on New Hampshire's Squam Lake. The World Financial Crisis was then at its peak. Although informed by this crisis—its events and the ongoing policy responses—the group has intentionally focused on longer-term issues. We have aspired to help guide the evolving reform of capital markets—their structure, function, and regulation.

This guidance is based on our collective academic, private sector, and public policy experience. Members include eight of the nine most recent presidents of the American Finance Association (including the current president and the president-elect), a former Federal Reserve Governor, a former Chief Economist of the International Monetary Fund, and former members of the Council of Economic Advisers under President Bill Clinton and President George W. Bush. The group has been united and motivated by a common concern: that policymakers often misunderstand or ignore the large body of academic knowledge that could guide sound regulatory reform, resulting in poorly designed policies with unintended consequences.

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