NASDAQ OMX Educational Foundation Awards Grant to Midwest Finance Association

Midwest Finance Association

ORLANDO, Fla., March 5, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Midwest Finance Association (MFA) announced today that they secured their first grant from the NASDAQ OMX Educational Foundation to support the MFA 63rd Annual Conference. MFA is a professional association of academics and finance industry professionals who are dedicated to developing and disseminating information concerning recent advances in financial theory and practice. The grant will be used to sponsor a portion of MFA's 63rd Annual Conference, which takes place on Friday, March 7th at the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress Hotel in Orlando, Florida.

The NASDAQ MarketSite tower in New York City's Times Square broadcasts the company's partnership with Midwest Finance Association.

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"We are very grateful for the generosity and our partnership with the NASDAQ OMX Educational Foundation," said Iraj Fooladi, President of the Midwest Finance Association. "This type of support allows us to continue to deliver a high quality conference where academics and practitioners can meet to discuss cutting edge research."

"We are proud to support the MFA Annual Conference and welcome the organization to our family of partnerships with leading institutions in financial services," said Joan Conley, Senior Vice President and Corporate Secretary at The NASDAQ OMX Group. "We believe it is important to bring our fellow academicians and practitioners together to share important information, research and interests to guide discussions on financial theory, markets, national and international economies."

Since its establishment in 1951, MFA has hosted an annual conference that focuses on academic research on the latest topics in finance. This year, the conference is expected to draw about 500 finance professionals and will cover a wide range of topics including asset pricing, financial institutions and corporate finance. This year's keynote speakers include Professor Jay Ritter of the University of Florida; David Longworth: former Deputy Governor of the Bank of Canada; Professor Jeffrey Wurgler of New York University; and Professor Andrew Karolyi of Cornell University.

About the Midwest Finance Association:

The Midwest Finance Association is a professional association of academics and finance industry professionals dedicated to developing and disseminating information concerning recent advances in financial theory and practice to members and other interested individuals. Founded in 1951, the MFA has been unique in its dedication to fostering the exchange of intellectual ideas between academic and business circles. It is an organization that is more than 500 members strong with membership from more than forty countries around the world.

For more information about the Midwest Finance Association, contact Beverly Frickel, Executive Director, at +1 (308) 865-8571 or visit

About The NASDAQ OMX Educational Foundation:

The mission of The NASDAQ OMX Educational Foundation is to promote learning about capital formation, financial markets and entrepreneurship through innovative educational programs. It was established in New York City in 1994 and is supported entirely by contributions from The NASDAQ OMX Group, Inc.


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CONTACT: Midwest Finance Association Media Contact: Nicole M. Boyson +1 (617) 373-4775 NASDAQ OMX Media Contact: Alexa Sugrue +1 (212) 231-5552 Alexa.Sugrue@NASDAQOMX.comSource:Midwest Finance Association