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A wide range of complex factors contributed to the present economic and financial crisis, often described as the worst since the Great Depression. Public sentiment favors deeper regulation of the financial services industry, and many private sector observers acknowledge that excesses in the system fueled the crisis. But there are widely divergent views on the origin and propagation of financial turbulence as well as policies required to strengthen and protect the financial system from future crises.

The Center for Financial Stability (CFS) provides a unique platform to explore and discuss financial markets and appropriate regulatory oversight. Its multi-disciplinary and market-oriented approach offers new perspectives on the underlying dynamics of financial stress. Its open and inclusive private/public sector forums and working groups will help generate creative and practical policy solutions.


The Center for Financial Stability is an independent, nonpartisan, and nonprofit think tank focused on financial markets for the benefit of investors, officials, and the public.

CFS promotes a stronger and more stable financial system through innovative and practical policy-oriented research, structured dialog, education, and outreach to the public.

CFS Principles

Trust and ethics are the backbone of the financial system. As a think tank focused exclusively on financial markets, we:

  • Adhere to our intellectual independence,
  • Act with unwavering integrity,
  • Build and foster long term relationships.

CFS Objectives

  • Deliver top-notch multi-disciplined research spanning finance, law, and economics.
  • Focus on market mechanics as well as inter-market linkages.
  • Build a practitioner led community with officials and academics.
  • Broaden areas where regulation and practice converge.
  • Serve as a private sector check on government actions.


The Center for Financial Stability is a non-profit, tax-exempt organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code formed for educational purposes.