Financial Terms Dictionary: SEC

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The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is an independent regulatory agency endowed with the mandate to enforce and administer federal securities laws, promoting transparency, fairness, and efficiency in the nation's securities markets. Established through the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the SEC is entrusted with the supervision of participants within these markets, including issuers, broker-dealers, investment advisors, and other financial intermediaries, to safeguard investor interests and ensure the integrity of capital formation.