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"Understood and Understanding"

Remarks of Commissioner Bart Chilton before the International Regulators Conference (Chicago, Illinois)

October 25, 2013

Good afternoon. It’s a pleasure to be with you, international regulators, here at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. Thanks to Myra Silberstein for all of her work on this conference. Thanks also to the Federal Reserve staff who picked up the ball on the conference when the CFTC had to stop operations due to our government shutdown. And thanks to each of you for making the journey to the States.

The efforts that we are all part of, to ensure that we never again experience an economic calamity like we witnessed in 2008, is not only worthy but imperative.

I view what we all do in the next few years to really set the global regulatory rules for the financial sector for a generation. What we do now, will provide the rules of the road and the guidance for the next 20 to 30 years.

In order to get there we need to work together, to learn from each other and to build appropriate regulatory systems that make sense.

There is a movie that starred actor Kevin Costner. It’s called, “Field of Dreams.” In it, a voice from the Iowa corn field whispers, “If you build it, he will come.” The voice was talking about Shoeless Joe Jackson of the Chicago White Sox.

Well, if we build global regulatory regimes, others will come. We start here in the US and in the European Union and in your countries, and the entire world will come.

That’s why meetings like this are so very important, so that we can listen and learn from each other. We need not just to be understood, but even more importantly, to be understanding what others are saying. That’s our challenge. If we do it correctly, markets will be better and citizens will be protected.

Thanks for being here.

Last Updated: October 25, 2013