Preconference: Free Financial, Investment, and Consumer Protection Tools and Data

Come hear the experts from the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC), U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), Federal Trade Commission (FTC), Federal Reserve, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC),  and Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) navigate the world of financial regulation and consumer protection so that you can better help your constituents and be a more informed consumer and investor.

Guardians of the (Financial) Galaxy: How Financial Regulators Generate Free Data, Tools , and Information Along the Way

Friday, June 21, 2019- 8:30 am-4:00 pm

Computers have brought in a dynamic access to data and information. In the finance world, there are 10+ financial agencies and federal watchdog groups committed to protecting consumers in the fast-moving realm of financial technology, also known as Fintech. Consumers today have ever greater options to store, share, and spend money with the aid of new technologies entering the market at breakneck speed. These emerging financial technologies can empower consumers by providing greater financial choices and unprecedented convenience. At the same time, companies offering these exciting new products must keep in mind important consumer protection principles as they continue to innovate for consumer’s benefit.

Based in Washington, D.C. each regulator does something unique in service to public officials and other American citizens. Who are these agencies? What do they do? What output do they generate that will be of interest and use to patrons of business, economic , policy, and government librarians? This output is in the public domain and available to be used in the financial technology (FinTech) world.

This Pre-Conference will take representatives from the three natural group of agencies and have a librarian lead a discussion that will focus  on:

  • who do they regulate?
  • What role do they have in protecting citizens?
  • What do you wish people understood about your agency?
  • How do you work with libraries?
  • What resources do you make available for free and for a fee?

Don’t miss an opportunity to hear directly from representatives!

ALA Members: Add this preconference when you register for the ALA Annual Conference at If you have already registered, use the dashboard link on your registration confirmation email to add this preconference.

Non-ALA Members: You can register for this preconference even if you’re not attending Annual. Simply click here: 1) create a login to register, 2)  Create profile, 3) Add Demographic information, 4) Click complimentary single session registration, 5) Search for our event “RUS4 Guardians of the (Financial)Galaxy” and enter number of tickets, and 6) finally submit payment information.

This preconference is being generously co-sponsored by the Center for Financial Markets and Policy at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business , Sage Business, Management and Data Products and the ALA’s Government Documents Round Table.

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