Simon Wu, Chief Economist

Simon Wu is the Chief Economist for the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board (MSRB). With two decades of experience applying economic expertise to securities policymaking, Simon oversees economic analysis of MSRB rulemaking and municipal market transparency initiatives and leads related statistical econometric and financial analysis.

Before joining the MSRB, Simon served as a Director for the Berkeley Research Group (BRG), where he provided financial economic expertise on many aspects of securities and banking issues. Prior to BRG, he was vice president at NERA Economic Consulting, where he served as a financial economic expert on securities trading, market structure, best execution, investment management and financial institution risk management. Simon also served as Chief Economist at the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA), Office of Inspector General, where he won the Inspector General Award in 2012 and 2014. During his role at FHFA, he was involved in regulatory oversight on mortgage-backed securities issuance and trading, capital market risk management and unsecured lending by banks. He began his career as senior economist at the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) and subsequently Nasdaq, where he led economic studies in support of securities rule proposals and policy impact analysis.

Simon has a doctorate and master’s degree from Vanderbilt University and a bachelor’s degree from Belmont University.


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