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Securities Exchange Act of 1934

The Securities Exchange Act of 1934, also known as the “Exchange Act,” was one of the first federal laws specifically designed to regulate stock exchanges and publicly-traded companies.

The Exchange Act is perhaps best known for creating the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the primary government agency responsible for enforcing federal securities laws.

Rules & Regulations under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

The Securities Exchange Act addresses many issues related to regulation of the securities industry, including:

  • Periodic Public Disclosures

    The Act requires that publicly-traded companies make periodic public corporate disclosures through filings with the SEC.

  • Regulation of Trading

    The Act regulates securities exchanges, brokers, dealers, company
    management and insiders, and others involved in the securities trade.

  • Securities Fraud Prohibition

    The Act grants the SEC broad authority to make rules and discipline
    companies and individuals for violations of federal securities laws
    fraud, including insider trading, securities fraud, and market manipulation.

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