09/20/2021 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 09/20/2021 08:58
Contact: Leah Szarek, Chief External Relations Officer
MSRB STRATEGIC PLAN ADVANCES MISSION TO PROTECT AND STRENGTHEN THE MUNICIPAL SECURITIES MARKET, GIVING AMERICA THE CONFIDENCE TO INVEST IN ITS COMMUNITIES
Washington, DC - The Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board (MSRB) has published its new strategic plan for the next four years. The strategic plan advances the MSRB's mission to protect and strengthen the municipal bond market, enabling access to capital, economic growth, and societal progress in tens of thousands of communities across the country.
"Our vision is to give America the confidence to invest in its communities," said Mark Kim, CEO of the MSRB. "As we eventually emerge from the pandemic, communities will drive economic growth and recovery by investing in public infrastructure, the majority of which will be financed through the $4 trillion municipal securities market that we are entrusted to regulate."
Under the leadership of the Board of Directors, the MSRB developed the strategic plan in close collaboration with stakeholders. The plan lays out four strategic goals for Fiscal Years 2022-2025:
Market Regulation: Modernize the rule book through a prudent and practical approach that promotes a fair and efficient market and facilitates capital formation
Market Transparency: Leverage investments in the cloud and in our people to enhance the value of EMMA ® as a platform that benefits all market participants and the public
Market Data: Provide high quality market data that enable comprehensive analysis and insight of the municipal securities market
Public Trust: Uphold the public interest and the integrity of the municipal market across all of the MSRB's strategic goals and initiatives, including a commitment to social responsibility, diversity, equity and inclusion
"We've established three guiding principles to define how we will go about advancing this multi-year strategic plan," Kim said. "First, we will continue to adhere to our Congressional mandate. Second, we will engage with our diverse stakeholders by facilitating dialogue and serving as a forum for discussion of evolving market topics. Third, we will ensure accountability to the public through greater transparency and inclusivity as we make progress on and advance these strategic goals."
The MSRB begins its new fiscal year on October 1, 2021 and will publish the annual budget with additional detail on near-term organizational priorities aligned with the long-term plan.
The Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board (MSRB) protects and strengthens the municipal bond market, enabling access to capital, economic growth, and societal progress in tens of thousands of communities across the country. The MSRB fulfills this mission by creating trust in our market through informed regulation of dealers and municipal advisors that protects investors, issuers and the public interest; building technology systems that power our market and provide transparency for issuers, institutions, and the investing public; and serving as the steward of market data that empowers better decisions and fuels innovation for the future. The MSRB is a self-regulatory organization governed by a board of directors that has a majority of public members, in addition to representatives of regulated entities. The MSRB is overseen by the Securities and Exchange Commission and Congress.