Trends in US Capital Markets

Capital markets fund 65% of economic activity in the United States; their depth, liquidity and efficiency is key to the success of our country.

SIFMA’s members represent the broker-dealers, investment banks and asset managers who match capital to ideas, driving growth and investment opportunity. From market activity to public policy and industry-wide initiatives, our 2020 Outlook explores what matters to the U.S. capital markets. Explore by section, including:

Our Organization

SIFMA is the leading trade association for broker-dealers, investment banks and asset managers operating in the U.S. and global capital markets. On behalf of our industry’s nearly 1 million employees, we advocate for legislation, regulation and business policy, affecting retail and institutional investors, equity and fixed income markets and related products and services. We serve as an industry coordinating body to promote fair and orderly markets, informed regulatory compliance, and efficient market operations and resiliency. We also provide a forum for industry policy and professional development. SIFMA, with offices in New York and Washington, D.C., is the U.S. regional member of the Global Financial Markets Association (GFMA).

SIFMA plays a pivotal role in helping firms adapt to change and raise the bar on the experience and value we provide to clients. Investors’ lives are changing faster than ever, and we’re innovating to serve them now and into the future.

Joseph E. Sweeney, President of Advice & Wealth Management, Products and Services Delivery, Ameriprise Financial 2020 Chair, SIFMA Board of Directors

SIFMA members provide access to capital so that ideas, businesses and savings can grow. America’s capital markets are the strongest in the world, providing 65% of funding for economic activity. Our members’ combined businesses represent 75% of the U.S. broker-dealer sector by revenue and 50% of the asset management sector by assets under management.


Our History

The Securities Industry

The securities industry has employees in every state, employing 944,000 individuals across the country (a 1.8% increase year-over-year).

Our Committees

SIFMA is a member-driven organization. On behalf of our industry’s one million employees, SIFMA’s committees share their views on legislation, regulation and business policy affecting retail and institutional investors, equity and fixed income markets and related products and services. We engage with policymakers and regulators through comment letters, testimony, research and more. SIFMA’s committee structure includes 35 standing committees, 21 forums and 8 advisory councils overseen by 6 Board subcommittees.