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Chairman's message

Our spectacularly successful conference in Washington provided a terrific opportunity to discuss common issues both formally at the conference and informally. As a result, IFIE has really gained momentum as an organization with 22 global members, the creation of the Middle East-North Africa IFIE subcommittee and many more organizations considering joining our effort. Now it is time to do some soul searching and check that we are meeting the needs of our membership.

What do you want to see the International Forum for Investor Education (IFIE) do in 2009 and beyond?

What sort of international organization focused on investor education would best suit your needs?

These are among the questions that will be posed to you in an IFIE survey in the coming weeks. We want your best thinking about the International Forum for Investor Education both in terms of what we are doing now and what we could do better in the future.

IFIE is strongly committed to evolving in a fashion that meets the growing global demand for more investor education. Our conference underscored that the demand for investor education is greater than ever today, as regulators and market participants search for ways to restore investor confidence.

You can be part of the solution by responding to the IFIE survey when it reaches you.


Steve Joachim
International Forum for Investor Education


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You are invited by the International Forum for Investor Education (IFIE) to participate in a timely Webcast that will explore strategies from around the world for launching successful investor education programmes.

Titled "Starting Effective Investor Education Programmes," the latest IFIE Webcast will take place on 25 June 2009 at 9 a.m. ET New York/10 a.m. Brazil/2 p.m. London/4 p.m. Egypt/10 p.m. Tokyo. It will include presentations from investor education professionals both in governments and associations ranging from North America, South America, the Middle East, Asia and the Far East.

The panel will be moderated by John Gannon, President, FINRA Investor Education Foundation and Senior Vice President, Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, United States. Presenters will include:

  • Ricardo Nardini, Certificação e Educação de Investidores, Associação Nacional dos Bancos de Investimento, Brazil
  • Dr. Nik Ramlah Mik Mahmood, Managing Director, Securities Commission, Malaysia
  • Hesham Ibrahim, Chief, Chairman's Technical Affairs Committee, Capital Market Authority, Egypt
  • Sok Hun Kang, President, Emerging Markets Center, Korea Financial Investment Association

This Webcast is free as a benefit of membership for IFIE members and $100 for non-IFIE members. Click here to register now! To become a member of IFIE, contact Ailis Aaron Wolf at (703) 276-3265 or

Investor education around the globe

The Securities Association of China (SAC) is a self-regulatory organization for the securities industry established according to relevant provisions of the "Securities Law of the People's Republic of China" and the "Administrative Regulations on the Registration of Public Organizations". SAC is a non-profit social institution legally functioning under the guidance and supervision of the China Securities Regulatory Commission and the Ministry of Civil Affairs of China. Since being established on August 28, 1991, SAC has earnestly enforced its "Articles of Association" and acted according to the principles of "Legitimate, Supervision, Self-regulation and Normalization". Under the supervision and direction of CSRC, SAC relies on its members to discharge its 3 major functions: "Self-regulation, Bridging and Service". In the process of promoting self-regulation, enhancing integrity construction, reflecting comments and suggestions of the industry and improving the industrial development environment, SAC has made adequate contributions to its role as the self-regulatory organization for the industry. A duty important to SAC's mission is organizing professional traning for securities professionals employed by ites members so they are able to observe securities laws and regulations and so they are better able to educate the public.

The CFA Institute is the global, not-for-profit association of investment professionals that awards the CFA and CIPM designations. The organization promotes the highest ethical standards and offers a range of educational opportunities online and around the world. The CFA Institute has more than 90,000 voting members and 136 societies worldwide. All agree to abide by the Code of Ethics and Standards of Professional Conduct. The mission of the association is to lead the investment profession globally by setting the highest standards of ethics, education, and professional excellence. With their member societies, they offer a range of educational programs and services for our members, program candidates, investors, employers, institutions, and the press. The CFA Institute provides investor education on topics such as choosing a financial advisor, avoiding investment fraud and offers facts sheets on investing and inflation, among other topics. Investors can also learn from investment professionals from the range of webcasts and podcasts offered by the CFA Institute online.

IFIE member profile


International Capital Market Association is a unique self regulatory organization and an influential voice for the global capital market. It represents a broad range of capital market interests including global investment banks and smaller regional banks, as well as asset managers, exchanges, central banks, law firms and other professional advisers amongst its 400 member firms. ICMA's market conventions and standards have been the pillars of the international debt market for over 40 years, providing the self regulatory framework of rules governing market practice which have facilitated the orderly functioning and impressive growth of the market. ICMA actively promotes the efficiency and cost effectiveness of the capital markets by bringing together market participants, including regulatory authorities and governments.

Since the inception of its European Seminar in 1974, the International Capital Market Association (ICMA), has been committed to providing high quality ICMA Executive Education to its members and to the market at large. The establishment by the Association of the ICMA Centre at The University of Reading in 1991, and its subsequent financial support, has succeeded in creating an institution which is setting the standards in the application of information technology to financial markets training and education.

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