RELEASE Number
7123-15

February 18, 2015

CFTC Commissioner Bowen Announces Membership of Market Risk Advisory Committee

Washington, DC — U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) Commissioner Sharon Y. Bowen today announced the members of the CFTC’s Market Risk Advisory Committee (MRAC). Commissioner Bowen is the sponsor of this advisory committee.

“I am very pleased with the breadth and depth of talent that will be present on the Committee. Our members bring valuable expertise and a diversity of opinions and perspectives about the swaps and futures industry. We received a great deal of interest regarding serving on MRAC and many thoughtful comments from members of the public on a broad range of topics upon which MRAC should focus.

Now the MRAC must begin work on determining and analyzing the risks to our markets and consumers, in order to provide consultation on how best to address them. I am confident that the Commission will benefit from the recommendations of this Committee.”

See full list of MRAC members under Related Links.

The Committee, which was first chartered in 2014, is designed to support the Commission’s efforts to detect and mitigate risks within the market to industry participants, consumers, and the broader financial community. This year, the Committee intends to study both long-standing and nascent risks to the market, as well as challenges posed by the evolving structure of the swaps and futures markets.

MRAC’s mandate is to:

  • Conduct public meetings and submit reports and recommendations to the Commission on matters of public concern to clearinghouses, exchanges, intermediaries, market makers, end-users and the Commission regarding systemic issues that threaten the stability of the derivatives markets and other financial markets; and

  • Assist the Commission in identifying and understanding the impact and implications of an evolving market structure and movement of risk across clearinghouses, intermediaries, market makers and end-users.

Last Updated: February 18, 2015