DEFINITION of 'Financial Services Roundtable'

The Financial Services Roundtable (FSR) represents around 100 of the largest integrated financial services companies which provide banking, insurance, and investment products and services to American consumers.

The stated goals of the Financial Services Roundtable are to:

  1. Be the premier executive forum for the leaders of the financial services industry
  2. Provide powerful legislative and regulatory advocacy
  3. Enhance the financial industry's public reputation
  4. Promote best practices and a strong infrastructure in technology

The Roundtable believes that financial services companies are integral to the nation's economy and that the competitive marketplace, not government, should largely govern the delivery of financial products and services. It underscores the necessity of uniform national standards across state lines and the effective use of technology to efficiently deliver financial products and services. The FSR's activities include lobbying efforts in Washington, DC to support the banking and financial industries, as well as political contributions to like-minded candidates.

The FSR merged the with the Clearinghouse Association, another financial lobbying organization, in 2018.

BREAKING DOWN 'Financial Services Roundtable'

The Financial Services Roundtable as it is currently known was formed in early 2000 when the first members from the securities, investment and insurance sectors joined their banking industry counterparts (who had formerly been assembled as the Bankers Roundtable) as founding members of the Financial Services Roundtable. The Bankers Roundtable chose to expand its mission in April 1999 to represent integrated financial services firms in response to industry shifts and congressional financial modernization legislation. Much of its activities involve political lobbying and political contributions to curry favor with the financial and banking industries.

The Bankers Roundtable was originally formed in October 1993 as a result of the merger of the Association of Registered Bank Holding Companies (formed in 1958) and the Association of Reserve City Bankers (formed in 1912).

In 2018, the Financial Services Roundtable merged with the Clearinghouse Association, one of Wall Street’s largest lobbying groups. The organization is part of "The Clearing House" (TCH), a banking association and payments company that’s owned by the world’s largest banks.Owners of "The Clearing House" include Bank of America, Capital One Financial, Citibank, JPMorgan Chase, PNC Bank, Santander, SunTrust, UBS, U.S. Bank, Wells Fargo, and others. The move, reportedly led by Bank of America CEO Brian Moynihan, cut the FSR’s membership from more than 80 members to just over 40, with the expulsion of insurers, asset managers, and some non-banks. According to a press release, “The combination of these two organizations and their respective research and advocacy strengths further advances FSR’s new strategic focus on banking and payment policies that spur economic growth, increase jobs, modernize cybersecurity policy, and improve financial security for more Americans."

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