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On February 14, 2023, the SEC proposed significant revisions to the Privacy Act, which governs the handling of personal information within the federal government. These proposed changes aim to streamline and update the current rules, ensuring they align with existing practices and regulations. While regulations have been in plac
Throughout the years, the SEC has been criticized for it its practice known as regulation by enforcement. Its practices have waxed and waned over the years, but more recently, the SEC has been more willing to regulate by enforcement. This has led to new regulations and rules, which market participants have noticed. Numerous advo
Over the last few months, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced settled charges against a few different companies that sold security tokens in initial coin offerings (ICOs). Since the ICO tokens were not registered or unregistered offerings, the companies violated section 5 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934
President Trump signed the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief and Consumer Protection Act into law on May 24, 2018. He remarked that this bill had reforms that “are critical to helping all Americans thrive and to prosper.” The bill was first introduced by Senator Mike Crapo (R-ID). The bill contains six titles relating to: c
In June of 2018 the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) released a draft strategic plan that prioritized investors, innovation, and performance. The plan will guide the SEC’s actions and goals through 2022. The plan is in accordance with the Government Performance and Results Modernization Act of 2010, which mandates t
On October 26, 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission adopted amendments to change Rule 147 and creating new Rule 147A. Additionally, amendments will be made to Rule 504 of Regulation D. These changes are intending to modernize how issuers can raise money to fund their businesses. Amendment to Rule 504 Rule 504 of Regula
The SEC recently proposed several amendments to the Investment Advisers Act of 1940, commonly referred to as the “Advisers Act.” These amendments specifically focus on rule 203(l)-1 and rule 203(m)-1, the definition of a venture capital fund, and the private fund adviser exemption. They are designed to better reflect changes
On August 5, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission adopted the pay ratio disclosure rule that requires public companies to disclose the ratio of CEO compensation to the median compensation of employees starting in 2017. Through this rule, companies will provide investors information to analyze a CEO’s compensation relat
Shareholders Can Gain a Better Understanding of Corporate Governance On April 29, 2015, the SEC proposed a ruling that would require corporations to disclose the relationship between executive pay and fiscal performance. SEC Chair Mary Jo White stated that the ruling would better inform shareholders of voting proposals set fort
The SEC issued a final ruling for smaller companies looking to obtain funding from external investors, known as Regulation A+. These rules are a revised and expanded implementation of Regulation A of the Securities Exchange Act. If eligible, smaller companies will be able to offer and sell as much as $50 million in equity in a o
Program Will Provide "Combined Data Sets" for Use by Investors and Analysts In December, the SEC announced the unveiling of a program that will allow investors and analysts to have an easier time analyzing financial statements using XBRL. The data that public companies provide via XBRL will be pooled into structured data set
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The Securities and Exchanges Commission (“SEC) has agreed to draft rules under the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act to allow companies to offer and sell securities through crowdfunding. SEC Chair Mary Jo White stated that the intent of the JOBS Act is to make it easier for start-up companies and small business to obt
Currently, thousands of companies or their consultants are dealing with the burden of filing financials in XBRL (eXtensible Business Reporting Language) formats. We have several tips gathered from industry experts, including SEC staff to help you better prepare your financials and produce more accurate and better quality fili