Securities & Exchange Commission

The Stock Market in the United States is monitored by the Securities and Exchange Commission, which is a federal agency with a mandate to “protect investors, maintain fair, orderly, and efficient markets, and facilitate capital formation.”  Companies must submit periodic reports to to the SEC, which is then provided to the public (see Stocks: Buying, Selling & Researching ).  For further information on the SEC visit their Website: http://www.sec.gov.