The stock market would inevitably continue, but it had become devastatingly apparent that sweeping guidelines would need to be implemented in order to mitigate such future occurrences. Out of the chaos rose the Securities and Exchange Commission, more commonly known as the SEC.
The Purpose of the SEC
The mission of the SEC is to protect investors, maintain fair, orderly and efficient markets and facilitate capital formation. Although each mission should be a priority, the reality is that the focus of the SEC changes based on its chair and commissioners and political pressure. Former Chair Mary Jo White viewed the SEC enforcement division and the task of investor protection as the agency's top priority. Jay Clayton's background and pro-business predisposition will likely create a focus more intent on capital formation.
In addition to regulating and overseeing the processes involved in capital formation such as registrations and exceptions, the SEC regulates the market participants themselves, including securities exchanges, brokers and dealers, investment advisors, investment companies, issuers and investors, and civilly enforces the law as to each of these participants. In terms of securities exchanges, brokers and dealers and investment advisors, the SEC is primarily concerned with disclosure, fair dealing and protecting against fraud. The SEC brings hundreds of enforcement proceedings each year as a result of suspected violations of numerous and greatly diverse rules.
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