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Securities & Exchange Commission

An agency of the U.S. Government that serves at the primary regulator of the securities trade. It attempts to ensure that all trades are fair, and that no price manipulation or insider trading occurs. Additionally, the SEC promotes full disclosure and monitors mergers and acquisitions to ensure continued competitiveness. It works with several self-regulatory organizations, notably FINRA, to enforce its regulations. Most securities offered through interstate commerce must be registered with the SEC.

The SEC was created in 1934 as part of the New Deal to prevent excessive speculation. It is overseen by five commissioners, who are appointed by the President of the United States upon confirmation by the Senate. No more than three commissioners may belong to the same political party.
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Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)

The U.S. government agency, established in 1934, charged with protecting investors and maintaining the integrity of the securities markets. The SEC requires public companies to disclose meaningful financial information to the public, and it oversees participants in the securities business including stock exchanges, broker-dealers, investment advisors, mutual funds, and public utility holding companies. The commission is composed of 5 presidentially appointed commissioners, 4 divisions, and 18 offices.
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Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is an independent federal agency that oversees and regulates the securities industry in the United States and enforces securities laws.

The SEC requires registration of all securities that meet the criteria it sets, and of all individuals and firms who sell those securities. It's also a rule making body, with a mandate to turn the law into rules that the investment industry can follow.

Established by Congress in 1934, the SEC sets standards for disclosure by publicly traded corporations, and works to protect investors from misleading or fraudulent practices, including insider trading.

It has four divisions: Corporate Finance, Market Regulation, Investment Management, and Enforcement.

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Securities and Exchange Commission

the US government body that regulates the operations of the New York STOCK MARKET.
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Securities and Exchange Commission

the US body that regulates the operations of the New York STOCK EXCHANGE.
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Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)

A federal agency charged with the supervision of publicly traded securities and the protection of the public from fraud, manipulation, and other abuses. Real estate may constitute the primary or most important assets of many publicly traded companies such as REITs.In addition,the direct sale of interests in real estate may qualify as a sale of a security and subject one to SEC registration and oversight. As a general matter, certain persons must register with the SEC and certain investment vehicles must be registered with the SEC.On any given transaction,one or the other may be exempt but not both.The SEC has four divisions:

1. Division of Corporation Finance, which oversees disclosure of important information to the public

2. Division of Market Regulations, which regulates the participants in the securities mar- kets, such as broker-dealers and stock exchanges

3. Division of Investment Management, which regulates the $15 trillion investment management industry, including mutual funds.

4. Division of Enforcement, which investigates possible violations of securities laws, conducts civil enforcement actions, and works closely with law enforcement when it appears there has been criminal activity

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