Trading foreign exchange on margin carries a high level of risk, and may not be suitable for all investors. Before deciding to trade foreign exchange you should carefully consider your investment objectives, level of experience, and risk appetite. You could sustain a loss of some or all of your initial investment and should not invest money that you cannot afford to lose. CFDs are complex instruments and come with a high risk of losing money rapidly due to leverage.

SEC definition

The SEC stands for the US Securities and Exchange Commission. It is a government agency set up to regulate markets and protect investors in the United States, as well as overseeing any mergers and acquisitions.

Set up in 1934, the SEC’s mandate is to enforce US laws on the trading of securities (financial assets), maintain fair and efficient markets, ensure investors aren’t subject to abuse and help maintain a well-functioning economy.

The SEC requires any individual who purchases more than 5% of a company’s ownership stock to declare it. It also enforces the publication of regular earnings reports from public companies, and prosecutes those who break securities laws.

The SEC is made up of a five-person commission, with each member serving a five-year term.

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