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Enlightened Finance

The Big Idea for Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Regulation is a good thing. Stop lights are a form of regulation. Without them, cars would pile up. But too much regulation can stifle innovation and slowdown job growth.

How do we strike a balance? David Weild, the former Vice President of NASDAQ and the Founder, Chairman, and CEO of IssuWorks, a company focused on creating technologies to better market securities, says that the solution is simple. We need enlightened regulation.

Is such a thing possible? Weild argued precisely this at Exponential Finance 2014, presented by Singularity University & CNBC. In his interview with Big Think Weild broke down the incentives government has for smarter regulation. It's part of today's big idea: enlightened finance.


  1. 1 "We Need Enlightened Regulation"
    Big Think Editors Big Think @ Exponential Finance, presented by Singularity University and CNBC
  2. 2 The Democratic Disruption of Finance
    Mohamed A. El-Erian Project Syndicate
  3. 3 Capitalism At Its Best
    Heidi Krauel Patel REAL Finance
  4. 4 Better, Faster, Stronger
    Robert Morris Experts' Corner

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