A Friday to Remember: 89th Annual Market Structure Conference Shines a Light on STA’s Mission
by Jim Toes
President & CEO, STA
We're proud to say that STA's 89th Annual Market Structure Conference is in the books. On behalf of our entire Board of Governors, I’d like to once again extend a sincere thank you to all speakers, sponsors and attendees who joined us in Washington DC. Year in and year out, these individuals and firms are the driving force behind our flagship event, helping us to fulfill our mission.
This year’s conference theme, The Inflection Point, underscores many of the key issues facing our industry. On Wednesday and Thursday, a long list of regulators and executives from leading exchanges, broker-dealers, buy-side firms and technology vendors took the stage to discuss topics including SEC rulemaking, payment for order flow, the retail revolution, outsourced trading and more. You can view some of the highlights on our Twitter feed.
But it was perhaps the final day of the conference that best illustrated the purpose of STA. To sum up our mission, we often use the acronym ACES: Advocate, Communicate, Educate, Support. While our Friday agenda was abbreviated – the Acela trains fill up fast, after all – those in attendance experienced a program that exemplified all four of these core pillars. While attendees were able to listen to experts discuss the most pressing topics facing our markets, it was also a chance to take a step back, reflect and renew their involvement in the community that makes being part of STA, and the entire financial services industry, so rewarding.