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Bringing Wall Street to Main Street: SEC Invites Atlanta Investors to Georgia State Law for an Interactive Town Hall on June 13

Nicole G. Iannarone, associate clinical professor and director of the Investor Advocacy Clinic at the Georgia State University College of Law.

Nicole G. Iannarone, associate clinical professor and director of the Investor Advocacy Clinic at the Georgia State University College of Law

By Nicole G. Iannarone, Associate Clinical Professor and Director, Investor Advocacy Clinic, Georgia State University College of Law

With most Americans now responsible for their retirements, it is more critical than ever that investors learn as much as they can about safe investing.

In Georgia State University College of Law’s Investor Advocacy Clinic, students help regular investors recover losses caused by stockbroker misconduct. Professor Anne Tucker’s prolific scholarship includes a focus on citizen shareholders. And Professor Robert Weber’s innovative Securities Regulation course, students learn by doing, taking the regulations and law and applying them in to real world problems.  With the college’s collective expertise in securities law, it is a natural collaborator and host for the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) Investor Town Hall from 2 to 4 p.m., Wednesday, June 13.

The SEC is working to bridge the wide distance between Main Street and Wall Street. Far too often, financial regulation seems out of the reach of regular investors. To remedy this, all five commissioners will hold the town hall to meet with investors and answer their questions. It is the first time they will appear together outside Washington, D.C. to hear from investors.

There is a lot to be learned from watching the SEC’s five commissioners, chair Jay Clayton and commissioners Kara Stein, Michael Piwowar, Robert Jackson and Hester Peirce, in action as they talk with regular investors. During the town hall session at 2 p.m., commissioners will discuss choosing a financial professional, popular investments like mutual funds and exchange traded funds (ETFs), how to research companies before investing in them, the role of financial technology and the importance of information protection in our digital age.

Following the main session, commissioners will engage even more with investors during tailored breakout sessions on key investment topics. Additional experts from across the country will join the commissioners to answer more investor questions, including:

  • “Tips for Savers, Including Military and Early Career” for those saving for retirement;
  • “The Investor Experience: Does the Information You Get from Mutual Funds and ETFs (Exchange Traded Funds) Work for You?” for those who invest mainly in mutual funds and ETFs to help the SEC as it evaluates how investors use fund disclosures;
  • In “Stopping Fraud,” panelists will discuss how to avoid becoming a victim of investment fraud;
  • “Bitcoin & ICOs (Initial Coin Offerings)” will cover the risks and protections given the popularity of cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin;
  • Those interested in helping smaller companies grow should attend “Investing in, and Raising Money by, Small Companies.”

The Atlanta Town Hall is an unprecedented opportunity for investors to meet the SEC, learn more about safe investing and have their questions answered.

For more information, visit https://www.sec.gov/atlanta.

Nicole G. Iannarone is an associate clinical professor and director of the Investor Advocacy Clinic at the Georgia State University College of Law.

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