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Revitalizing the Capital Markets

Nasdaq’s blueprint for revitalizing the U.S. capital markets will create a vibrant ecosystem that delivers enhanced capital formation opportunities, a more inviting environment for growth and innovation, and accelerated job formation and wealth creation.

Why Now, Why Nasdaq?

Robust public markets are the fuel that ignites America’s economic engine. However, over the past several years, companies are beginning to question whether the benefits of public ownership are worth the burdens due to fundamental structural concerns—Including onerous regulation, increasing costs and complexity, and outdated market structure.

Over many years of helping lead our markets, Nasdaq has developed unique perspectives on how to achieve the goal of a strong and growing economy.

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Nasdaq CEO Vision for Structurual Reforms to Public Equity Markets

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Adena Friedman, Nasdaq president & CEO, shares her vision to implement structural reforms to the public equity market.

Media Coverage

Come back to this section for ongoing coverage of Nasdaq's efforts to evolve the U.S. Capital Markets ecosystem.


Top Articles:
  1. "Nasdaq's Blueprint for a New Era of Trading" — Wall Street Journal
  2. "Blueprint for a New Market: Nasdaq CEO" — CNBC Squawk Box 
  3. "Nasdaq CEO: We Support Lowering the Corporate Income Tax" — Wall Street Week with Maria Bartiromo
  4. "Evolving the Capital Markets Ecosystem" — Milken Institute Article
  5. "Nasdaq CEO on Evolving Capital Markets" — Bloomberg TV

Regulatory Framework

Reconstructing the Regulatory Framework

Regulations enacted during and in the immediate aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis accomplished some important goals, but nearly a decade later, there is broad agreement that our regulatory patchwork is outdated and, in some cases, arbitrary.

Nasdaq proposes solutions such as reforming the proxy proposal process to reduce the burden on companies, and comprehensive tax and litigation reform. All of these steps will free up resources so that companies can focus on innovation, growth, and job creation, rather than on red tape and unnecessary distractions.

Market Structure

Modernizing Market Structure

In recent years, U.S. equities markets have benefited from enormous technological advances. However, the regulatory infrastructure upon which our markets are built has not kept pace.

Technology gives us new tools to make markets work better. We need to consolidate liquidity for lower-volume issuers, allow for flexible tick sizes, and consider a broad range of updates that would bring our markets into the 21st century.

Long-Termism

Promoting Long-Termism

One of the greatest threats to modern markets is the rising pressure to think and plan around the trading day and quarterly report, rather than to invest in sustainable long-term growth and profits. The rise of short-termism harms companies, investors, and the broader U.S. economy.

In addition to increasing the flexibility of reporting obligations, Nasdaq supports enhancing transparency around activist investing, equalizing short interest transparency, and we continue to believe that dual class structure is critical to attracting the most innovative and growing companies to participate in public markets

Events

Event
Date
Milken Institute Global Conference, Los Angeles, CA, USAMay 1, 2017
Nasdaq Media Event, Washington, DC, USA
May 4, 2017
Economics Club of Washington, DC, Washington, DC, USA
May 5, 2017
Owens Graduate School of Management -- Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN, USA
May 12, 2017

Microsoft CEO Summit, Seattle, WA, USA
May 17, 2017

Bernstein Strategic Decisions Investor Conference, New York, NY, USA
May 31, 2017

KPMG Global Lead Partner's Conference, Washington, DC, USA
June 2, 2017

Bloomberg Invest Summit, New York, NY, USA
June 7, 2017

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