Established in 1989, the Institute for Financial Markets (IFM) is a nonpartisan, 501(c)(3) nonprofit educational foundation.  The IFM seeks to increase public awareness and understanding of the importance of financial markets and the financial service industry to the global economy through courses, publication and educational events. The IFM is an independent affiliate of the FIA, the global trade organization for the futures, options and centrally cleared derivatives markets. However, the IFM operates autonomously and is governed by independent Board of Trustees.