Regulation FD (fair disclosure)
U.S. S.E.C. regulation whose purpose is to ensure that select groups of investors are not privy to firm-specific information before other investors. Executives are not allowed to reveal nonpublic information during their communications with analysts and select shareholders. If information is inadvertently released, they must take steps to broaden the dissemination of the information within 24 hours of discovering the disclosure.
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Regulation Fair Disclosure
An SEC regulation requiring that all publicly-traded companies in the United States disclose relevant, or "material," information to all shareholders at the same time. Adopted in 2000, this was a response to a common practice in the 1990s in which large companies disclosed financial information on conference calls to certain analysts and neither the public at large nor even all shareholders were invited. The regulation mandates that intentional disclosures be made publicly and unintentional disclosures be made public within 24 hours. Controversial when introduced, it has increased access to information on larger firms, but some analysts suggest that it has decreased the information available, and therefore increased stock volatility for smaller firms.
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An SEC regulation that mandates a company must release material information to all investors simultaneously. Material information released inadvertently must be made publicly available within 24 hours. Some critics contend Regulation FD causes increased volatility in stock prices.
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