NASAA Public Policy Conference to Explore Challenges to Forecasting Markets and Investor Participation

Featured Speakers include SEC Commissioner Kara Stein and Sen. Joe Manchin
Panels to Focus on Bitcoins and How to Bring Main Street Investors Back to Wall Street

WASHINGTON (March 20, 2014) – Securities regulators from the United States, Canada and Mexico will convene in Washington, D.C. next month when the North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA) hosts its annual Public Policy Conference on April 8 at the Mayflower Renaissance Hotel, 1127 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C.

NASAA President and Ohio Securities Commissioner Andrea Seidt announced that NASAA is honored to have Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) deliver the keynote address at this year’s conference. Sen. Manchin recently wrote to federal regulators expressing his concerns about Bitcoin and urged regulators to “take appropriate action to limit the abilities of this highly unstable currency.”

Seidt also said NASAA is very pleased that SEC Commissioner Kara Stein will be the luncheon speaker to open this year’s conference.

Chaired by West Virginia General Counsel and Senior Deputy Commissioner of Securities Lisa Hopkins, this year’s conference offers two timely panel discussions: “The Bitcoin Millionaire Next Door: Digital Currency and the Next Big Thing” and “Restoring Main Street Investors to the Capital Markets.”

The first panel brings together policymakers, state and Canadian securities regulators, industry profes-sionals and currency experts to explore the phenomenon of digital investments, focusing on Bitcoin and other new or emerging types of digital currency.

Moderated by Keith Woodwell, Director of the Utah Division of Securities, the panel includes, Joe Rotun-da, Director, Enforcement Division, Texas State Securities Board; David Woo, Managing Director and Head of Glob-al Rates & Currencies Research, Bank of America/Merrill Lynch; Charles A. Vice, Conference of State Bank Supervi-sors Chairman and Kentucky Department of Financial Institutions Commissioner; and Moad Fahmi, Financial Mar-kets Specialist, Quebec Autorite des marches financiers.

During the second discussion, a panel of securities industry and regulatory experts will explore why mid-dle-income investors are sitting on the sidelines as the market reaches record levels and how a better understand-ing of this phenomena could help shape reforms to the structure of capital markets in a way that encourages Main Street to return to Wall Street.

Moderated by Mike Rothman, Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Commerce, the panel in-cludes: Professor J. Robert Brown, Sturm College of Law at the University of Denver; Kenneth Bentsen, President and CEO, SIFMA; and Paul Jiganti, Managing Director, Market Structure and Client Advocacy, TD Ameritrade.

Registration information is available on the NASAA website here. On-site registration begins at 11 a.m. and the keynote luncheon follows at 12:15 p.m. The general session begins at 2 p.m. and is scheduled to conclude at 4:45 p.m.

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