Regulators from six continents converged on Washington in early October to help raise awareness about educating and protecting investors.
The inaugural World Investor Week, Oct. 2-8, brought international securities regulators together to highlight smart investing and offer ways to avoid fraud.
Promoted by the International Organization of Securities Commissions, the effort was led by U.S. regulators at the Securities and Exchange Commission, Commodity Futures Trading Commission and Financial Industry Regulatory Authority. The three agencies and the North American Securities Administrators Association also issued a joint investor bulletin.
''I see firsthand the positive impact of our investor education efforts, whether it's our outreach team conducting in-person events, online resources on Investor.gov and public service campaigns, or our assistance team that handles investor complaints and solves problems on a daily basis," said Lori Schock, director of the SEC's office of investor education and advocacy.