SEC Takes Action To Facilitate Reopening of Fair and Orderly Equities Markets
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Washington, D.C., September 14, 2001 The Commission today announced that it has taken the following steps to facilitate the planned reopening of U.S. equities markets on Monday, September 17, 2001. These markets are the world's strongest and most vibrant, in spite of the heinous acts of last Tuesday.
The Commission has used, for the first time, its emergency powers to ease certain regulatory restrictions temporarily. The key actions are the following:
Copies of the orders and interpretive release are available on the Commission's website, at www.sec.gov.
The SEC has placed additional information for investors and market participants on its website, and established information telephone lines for each. Investors can e-mail questions to the SEC staff at firstname.lastname@example.org. The toll-free investor telephone number is 1-800-SEC-0330. Firms seeking additional relief under the Financial Responsibility Rules should call the SEC staff at 202-942-7891, 202-942-7892 or 202-942-7893. All other firm inquiries should be directed to 202-942-0069.
The Commission will monitor the situation. Investors should be assured that U.S. markets will function effectively and fairly, and that market and investor protections are squarely in place. Market participants should be assured that the Commission and its staff will be available to respond to issues raised by the extraordinary circumstances of this week.
Regulatory and Interpretive Releases