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SEC (Securities and Exchange Committee)

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is a U.S. government agency responsible for regulating the securities markets and protecting investors. It was established in 1934 by the Securities Exchange Act, which gave the SEC broad authority to oversee all aspects of the securities industry, including the trading of stocks, bonds, and other securities.

The SEC’s main goals are to ensure that companies that sell securities to the public provide accurate and complete information to investors, and to prevent fraudulent and manipulative practices in the securities markets. The SEC also works to promote transparency and fairness in the securities markets and to help investors make informed decisions about their investments.