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SEC Seeks Comment on Investor Education Initiatives

As part of a review mandated by the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, the SEC is seeking public comment on the effectiveness of existing investor education efforts.  Section 917 of the Dodd-Frank Act directs the SEC to conduct a study of retail investors’ financial literacy and submit its findings to Congress by July 21, 2012.  Among other things, Section 917 states that the study must identify “the most effective existing private and public efforts to educate investors.”  To this end, the SEC is requesting public comment to help the agency better understand the details and effectiveness of current programs, and help ensure that the study includes all relevant programs. 

The comment period for this request will close after 60 days following publication of the request in the Federal Register, presumably the last week in June.  

The full text of the SEC's release requesting comment is available at:  http://www.sec.gov/rules/other/2011/34-64306.pdf