EMTA works to develop an orderly marketplace, and to facilitate Emerging Markets trading and investment, by developing and recognizing Market Practices, undertaking projects to identify, clarify and minimize trading and settlement risks, promoting consistency between local and international trading standards, increasing international understanding of local markets, as well as working to advance local market initiatives. EMTA also works to build, promote and inspire confidence in the Emerging Markets asset class in part by clarifying and promoting investor rights across all instrument categories.
In furtherance of these goals, EMTA undertakes a range of activities and provides a number of services to its Members, which include sponsoring a robust schedule of informational and educational events which currently take place in 13 financial centers around the globe (EMTA holds an Annual Meeting each December in New York City, plus supporting additional events in Boston, Los Angeles, Miami, Buenos Aires, Sao Paulo, Hong Kong, Singapore, Frankfurt, Zurich and Dubai); publishing financial calendar information, as well as quarterly trade volume data; disseminating key information on country debt reschedulings, economic sanctions affecting certain Emerging Markets, creditor rights issues and litigation activities relevant to creditor and debtor disputes; providing analysis by key industry participants on market trends (See “Key Industry Views” and “From the Market”) and information on employment opportunities in the Emerging Markets (See "Employment"); developing critical industry documentation (See “Documentation”); and organizing and managing Member Working Groups for the purposes of addressing market disruptions, documentation and infrastructure needs, among others. To report on these various activities and services in a timely manner, EMTA publishes a quarterly Bulletin.
Many of EMTA’s efforts, as noted above, and role in helping to integrate the Emerging Markets more fully into the global capital marketplace, are taken in collaboration with other industry associations, including the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA), the International Swaps and Derivatives Association (ISDA), the International Capital Market Association (ICMA), the Loan Syndications and Trading Association (LSTA), as well as with the guidance and support of the Foreign Exchange Committee of the Federal Reserve of New York (the FXC), its legal arm, the Financial Markets Lawyers Group (FMLG) and the Singapore Foreign Exchange Market Committee (SFEMC).