Wednesday, April 20, 2011

SEC Needs Comments from Investors

Looking to have some input into securities regulations? The SEC is seeking comments on the effectiveness of existing investor education efforts as part of a review mandated by the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.

While it is unknown how much attention the SEC pays to public comments, we do know that the comments are reviewed and often included by the Commission in its reports. When the Commission asks for comments on rule proposals, some of those comments do result in a modification to a proposed rule, so it might we worthwhile to express your opinions and concerns.

Section 917 of the Dodd-Frank Act directs the SEC to conduct a study of retail investors’ financial literacy and submit its findings to Congress by July 21, 2012. Among other things, Section 917 states that the study must identify “the most effective existing private and public efforts to educate investors.”

The Commission is seeking public comment to better understand the details and effectiveness of current programs, and help ensure that the study includes all relevant programs. “We want to know more about what’s out there and what’s working in the world of investor education,” said Lori J. Schock, Director of the SEC’s Office of Investor Education and Advocacy.

The public comment period will remain open for 60 days following publication of the request in the Federal Register.

As part of its investor education effort, the SEC recently upgraded its website devoted exclusively to investor education. The site has been redesigned and expanded with more information about a variety of topics including how to research investments and investment professionals, understand fees, and prepare for life events. The updated also includes materials targeted to such specific groups as members of the military, teachers, and retirees. Videos, interactive quizzes, and additional investor education resources are expected to be added to the website in coming months. More...

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