Best Markets Ever

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At MMI, we bring together changemakers, technology companies, the savings community, academics, business leaders, and investors to promote thought leadership and educational outreach to promote the Best Markets Ever with prudent, forward-looking strategies and data-driven analysis

Latest News

  • September 11, 2018

    Another Hit to Retirement Plan Investors: Financial Transaction Tax

    An analysis shows a new bill introduced in the Senate would result in a significant financial hit to retirement plan investors. Modern Markets Initiative is pushing back on a tax provision in the bill.

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  • August 3, 2018

    Pension funds cannot afford Sanders’ tax on financial transactions

    Pensions and Investments By Kirsten Wegner July 23, 2018 Institutional investors continue to navigate a challenging landscape marked by geopolitical risks, low yields and sizable long-term obligations. Now, coming from Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., is another challenge posed by the so-called financial transaction tax included in the Inclusive Prosperity Act of 2017. Mr. Sanders continues […]

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  • May 17, 2018

    Pension Funds Ring Closing Bell With MMI at NYSE

    On May 14, MMI was excited to join NCPERS in ringing the closing bell at the NYSE. MMI celebrated the public service in our communities of the NCPERS trustees for teaching our children, policing our streets, and being there if need be to run into a burning home. Also, the vital work of the pension fund trustees in working to advance secure retirement.

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  • February 6, 2018

    HFT Supplies Dependable Liquidity During Market Volatility

    In a market sell-off, as we saw on February 5th, automated traders including those called Designated Market Makers (DMMs) at the New York Stock Exchange and the largest market makers on Nasdaq used HFT tools to quickly stabilize the markets.  Many market makers have obligations to buy stocks when no one else wants to buy, and to sell when no one wants to sell.   These capital commitments of electronic market makers using HFT play a vital role in bridging the gap between supply and demand for a stock. 

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  • January 12, 2018

    Wall Street is embroiled in a war over data — and it’s having an impact on Americans’ savings

     (Published in  Business Insider on Jan. 12, 2018) –Exchanges are rapidly increasing the cost of their proprietary data feeds that traders need to compete in US markets, writes Kirsten Wegner, CEO of the Modern Markets Initiative. –Those costs are eating away at American retirement savings. –Regulators should require  exchanges to be more transparent about why […]

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High Frequency Trading saves
investors money. Here’s how it works.

"…the positive overall effects of HFT on market quality are well-documented and appear by now pretty robust."

Evangelos Benos,The Bank of England