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SEC’s New Strategic Plan Puts Investors, Innovation, and Performance at Top


Washington D.C., Oct. 11, 2018 —

The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced a new strategic plan to guide the agency’s work over the next four years with a primary focus on investors, innovation, and performance. The plan’s goals reflect the agency’s commitment to its longstanding mission while leveraging the opportunities and addressing the challenges that come from fast-evolving markets, products and services.

Our new strategic plan is a concise, straight-forward explanation of the goals that will guide us as our markets evolve. It is based on the core values that have motivated the women and men of the SEC for over 80 years, including, most importantly, serving the interests of our long term Main Street investors.

–SEC Chairman Jay Clayton

The SEC’s new strategic plan was published in accordance with the Government Performance and Results Modernization Act of 2010, which requires federal agencies to outline their missions, planned initiatives, and strategic goals for a four-year period.

Strategic Plan Summary

Goal 1 Investors graphic

GOAL 1. Focus on the long-term interests of our Main Street investors.

The SEC will strive to better understand how a wider range of investors participate in the capital markets and how to reach them while tailoring policy initiatives with retail investors in mind. Initiatives under this goal will include modernizing disclosure and expanding investor choice.

Goal 2 Innovation graphic

GOAL 2. Recognize significant developments and trends in our evolving capital markets and adjust our efforts to ensure we are effectively allocating our resources.

Under this goal, the SEC will embrace innovation by analyzing market developments, evaluating existing rules and procedures, understanding the continually changing cyber-landscape and ensuring the appropriate resources are dedicated to each area.

Goal 3 Performance graphic

GOAL 3. Elevate the SEC’s performance by enhancing our analytical capabilities and human capital development.

The SEC will invest in data and technology to leverage “the experience, knowledge, creativity, leadership and teamwork of the SEC’s staff and its leaders.” The agency is also committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce with a wide range of skills and expertise.


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