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FDIC to Hold 6th Annual Consumer Research Symposium in Arlington, Virginia

October 25, 2016
Media contact:
Julianne Fisher Breitbeil
(202) 898-6895

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) will sponsor the 6th Annual Consumer Research Symposium on October 28, 2016. The conference will feature a presentation of selected research papers and a keynote address by FDIC Chairman Martin J. Gruenberg.

More than 80 research papers were submitted for consideration, and eight were selected to be presented at the conference. These papers will be discussed during four expert panels focusing on credit building, economic inclusion, mortgages, and household budgets.

The goal of the symposium is to facilitate discussion of recent research on consumers' capabilities, knowledge, preferences, and experiences in the market for financial products and services, as well as the effects of public policy interventions and new regulations on consumers, households, communities, and financial institutions. A diverse audience of participants from academia, government agencies, nonprofit groups, and industry is expected.

The event will take place in the Hove Auditorium at the FDIC's Seidman Center.

For more information on the conference, visit the Consumer Research Symposium page where registration is available for a live webcast of the event.

Reporters wishing to attend should contact the FDIC's Office of Communications at


Congress created the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation in 1933 to restore public confidence in the nation's banking system. The FDIC insures deposits at the nation's banks and savings associations, 6,058 as of June 30, 2016. It promotes the safety and soundness of these institutions by identifying, monitoring and addressing risks to which they are exposed. The FDIC receives no federal tax dollars—insured financial institutions fund its operations.

FDIC press releases and other information are available on the Internet at, by subscription electronically (go to and may also be obtained through the FDIC's Public Information Center (877-275-3342 or 703-562-2200). PR-95-2016