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About the SEC
What We Do
The mission of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is to protect investors, maintain fair, orderly, and efficient markets, and facilitate capital formation. As more and more first-time investors turn to the markets to help secure their futures, pay for homes, and send children to college, our investor protection mission is more compelling than ever.
As our nation's securities exchanges mature into global for-profit competitors, there is even greater need for sound market regulation. There is common interest of all Americans in a growing economy that produces jobs, improves our standard of living, and protects the value of our savings, meaning that all SEC's actions must be taken with an eye toward promoting the capital formation that is necessary to sustain economic growth.
The SEC oversees the key participants in the securities world, including securities exchanges, securities brokers and dealers, investment advisors, and mutual funds. The SEC is concerned primarily with promoting the disclosure of important market-related information, maintaining fair dealing, and protecting against fraud.
For more information on the history of the SEC click here.