The Financial Markets Group Research Centre (FMG) was founded by Mervyn King and Charles Goodhart and established in 1987 at the LSE. The FMG is a leading centre in Europe for policy research into financial markets. It is the focal point of the LSE's research communication with the business, policy making and international finance communities. The FMG works alongside the Department of Finance to understand problems in financial markets and in the decision-making processes of corporations, banks and regulators.

The Financial Markets Group’s overarching goal is to further our understanding of how financial markets help or hinder the real economy. To reach the goal, we aim to facilitate high-quality research into the functioning of financial markets, and to bring that research to bear on financial policy and practice. We aim to facilitate research by fundraising from private- and public-sector bodies, and we aim to maximise impact by disseminating research findings to a wide audience that includes the whole LSE community, the financial sector, practitioners in other industry sectors, policy-makers, and potential LSE students.  Our dissemination activities include a number of seminar series, as well as conferences and public lectures.