“Credit and finance can be like prize fighters: securitized mortgage meltdown vs. adequate bank capital or Greek Credit vs. European trade finance. This conference will help mold them as team players instead knock-out artists.” – Roger L. Torneden, Ph.D., CFP®, Director of Business, Management and Legal Programs, UCLA Extension

Regulated Trade Agreements and Financial Services


Sarita D. Jackson, Ph.D., Founder, President and CEO, Global Research Institute of International Trade (GRIIT)

Much of the discussion on financial services in the global economy emphasizes transparency, their impact on economic growth, strengthening financial institutions and best practices. While useful, they ignore the rules that govern financial services within the global economy, particularly those established under bilateral, regional and multi-lateral regulated trade agreements. Regulated trade agreements (RTAs) refer to trade deals that establish trade rules and create a role for governments to manage international trade. RTA more accurately describes the commonly accepted term free trade agreement, which, in practice, contradicts the definition of free trade in the classical and neo-classical sense. Research on the link between RTAs and the financial services industry remains limited, especially within the last 10 years.It is worth underscoring the role of RTAs in setting the rules, governing, and creating opportunities and challenges for the financial services sector. Case studies, such as the Dominican Republic-Central American Free Trade Agreement (DR-CAFTA) and the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP), illustrate how these RTAs are negotiated and effect financial services in each market that is a member of the select RTAs. The session contributes to the overall discussion on financial services in the global economy by shifting the focus away from business principles and practices alone toward the policies and political factors that shape financial service outcomes.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the RTA framework;
  • Describe how trade deals are negotiated, particularly as they pertain to financial services;
  • Identify the opportunities and challenges for financial services under the select trade agreements; and
  • Consider a variety of options for addressing the challenges and controversies surrounding financial services in RTAs.

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