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International Capital Market Association
Type Trade Association
Founded Switzerland Zurich in 1969
Headquarters Switzerland Zurich
offices in United Kingdom London
Industry Regulation
Website www.icmagroup.org

The International Capital Market Association or ICMA is a self-regulatory organization and trade association for participants in the capital markets. Despite the name suggesting a global outlook, it has a European focus[1]. It was formed in July 2005 by the merger of the International Primary Market Association and the International Securities Market Association (formerly the International Association of Bond Dealers)[2]. ICMA stated aims are to promote high standards of market practice, appropriate regulation, trade support, education and communication[3]. It produces standard documentation for transactions such as equity and debt issuance and repos.


ICMA market conventions and standards have been the pillars of the international debt market for almost 40 years, providing the self regulatory framework of rules governing market practice which have facilitated the orderly functioning and impressive growth of the market.[4]

Education

Since the inception of its European Seminar in 1974, the International Capital Market Association (ICMA), has been committed to providing high quality ICMA Executive Education to its members and to the market at large. The establishment by the Association of the ICMA Centre at The University of Reading in 1991, and its subsequent financial support, has succeeded in creating an institution which is setting the standards in the application of information technology to financial markets education.[5]

Footnotes

  1. ^ "ICMA Mission Statement". http://www.icmagroup.org/about1/mission_statement.aspx. Retrieved 2007-10-31.  
  2. ^ "History of ICMA". http://www.icmagroup.org/about1/history.aspx. Retrieved 2007-10-31.  
  3. ^ "ICMA Mission Statement". http://www.icmagroup.org/about1/mission_statement.aspx. Retrieved 2007-10-31.  
  4. ^ Official Website of the International Capital Market Association/
  5. ^ Educational services
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