Understanding many of today’s investment products and dynamic capital markets can be a challenging task to even the most seasoned investors. The Securities and Exchange Commission understands that Main Street investors have questions, and the agency wants to hear them.
The five-member Commission and staff from across the agency were in Atlanta on June 13 for an interactive event with investors at Georgia State University College of Law. The event was an opportunity for all Main Street investors—from those who just started their first job to those approaching retirement—to hear directly from, and share feedback with, the SEC’s leaders on topics that directly affect their personal finances and the regional and national economies.
“With its dynamic population, innovative ideas, and thriving economy, Atlanta is an ideal place for us to discuss the work we do and hear directly from the people we serve,” said SEC Chairman Jay Clayton before the event. He was joined in Atlanta by Commissioners Kara Stein, Michael Piwowar, Robert Jackson, and Hester Peirce.
The Commissioners kicked the day off with a town hall-style event covering a range of topics from choosing a financial professional, to initial coin offerings and digital assets, to cybersecurity. Directly after the town hall, attendees were invited to join the Commissioners and SEC staff at one of the interactive breakout sessions to gain greater insight into some of the most requested topics before the SEC.