Most established industries have trade associations, also referred to as trade groups. Typically they are structured as non-profit organizations. Trade associations are dedicated to advancing a specific industry's interests, providing industry information to the public, and providing learning opportunities for its members.
The American Bankers Association (ABA) is a membership association comprised of financial institutions and their employees. It offers its membership a broad range of information, training, staff expertise and other resources. The majority of ABA’s members are banks with less than $250 million in assets.
Association for Financial Technology (AFT) offers networking and professional development for U.S. banks, credit unions, lenders and payment companies and their executives. Founded in 1972, the organization’s membership represents virtually every area of technology, data or services.
The Wall Street Technology Association (WSTA®) founded in 1967 is a non-profit member organization. It offers financial industry technology professionals, vendors, service providers, and consultants a variety of seminars and networking and panel discussion events.