WHAT WE DO:
The mission of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is to protect investors, maintain fair, orderly and efficient markets, and facilitate capital formation. Our Office of Investor Education and Advocacy implements a variety of initiatives aimed at equipping individuals with knowledge, skills, and tools to invest wisely and avoid fraud.
Teacher Workshops. We are working together with NYSE Euronext on a program designed to help educators teach students about the financial marketplace and its importance in their lives and the global economy. The training sessions will feature lecture-discussion sessions, hands-on activities, and field trips. The Securities and Exchange Commission Graduate Program, held in Washington, D.C. from July 20—23, 2010, will focus on the federal government’s interaction with the financial markets. Registration information for all of the sessions is available at http://www.nyse.com/about/education/1091545088198.html.
Investor.gov. We launched our first-ever Web site devoted exclusively to investor education, providing individuals of all ages with in-depth information and “top tips” on how to invest wisely, plan for the future, and avoid being scammed. Individuals can access information in a user-friendly format that is specifically tailored to their needs—including a section for those just getting started saving and investing.
Investor Assistance. We recently implemented a new contact management system for investor complaints and inquiries. The new system will help identify emerging investor concerns and complaint trends, enhance the timeliness of the SEC’s responses to investor complaints, improve the consistency of responses to investor questions, and track customer satisfaction with our products and services. Individuals can contact us with investment-related questions and complaints by calling (800) 732-0330 or visiting www.investor.gov.
WHAT WE OFFER:
Our educational materials are directed at helping individuals make wise investment choices and avoid fraud. We emphasize factors everyone, including aspiring young investors, should consider before they invest, and explain important questions to which they should get answers before investing. All of our materials are available free of charge and not copyrighted, so that the widest possible dissemination is encouraged. For more information, visit www.investor.gov or www.sec.gov/investor.
Deputy Director, Investor Education
U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission
Office of Investor Education and Advocacy
Mail Stop #2551A
100 F Street, NE
Washington, DC 20549-2551
Phone: (202) 551-6394
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