Commission-free stock trading has spurred retail investors. But its days might be numbered.

Jun 22, 2022
The head of the Securities and Exchange Commission has taken aim at the commission-free business model.
A large part of the boom in retail stock trading has been fueled by the advent of no-commission stock trading.
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Crypto's growth spawns a Washington debate: Who should regulate it?

Jun 8, 2022
A bill would put the Commodity Futures Trading Commission in charge. Some consumer advocates back the Securities and Exchange Commission.
The Securities and Exchange Commission has more people to oversee cryptocurrency than the smaller Commodity Futures Trading Commission, but other factors are involved.
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SEC aims for stock trading rule changes

Jun 8, 2022
The proposed changes are expected to even the odds for smaller investors.
The SEC is proposing rules changes to the market that could aid smaller investors.
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Proposed bitcoin ETFs spotlight debate over rules governing crypto

Mar 22, 2022
SEC delays decision on allowing exchange-traded funds. It has to make big calls on digital currencies, whether it wants to or not.
The SEC is spending a lot of time figuring out how to deal with cryptocurrencies.
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How do you calculate a company's carbon footprint? The SEC is figuring that out.

Jan 19, 2022
Emissions by a company's suppliers and customers could count towards the total.
The SEC may soon require companies to disclose greenhouse gas emissions. Whether they'll also include emissions from suppliers — usually a larger proportion of emissions — is unclear.
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SEC's Gary Gensler wants to tighten rules around insider trading, stock buybacks and more

The Security and Exchange Commission's proposals could attract pushback from corporate America.
Gensler's new proposals could attract pushback from corporate America.
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Do insider trading rules apply to corporate stock buybacks?

Sep 23, 2021
Big companies spent nearly $200 billion on share repurchases last quarter. The lack of government oversight has drawn a backlash.
Traders on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Flush with cash, many big American companies are buying back their own shares, a practice that is relatively unregulated.
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For public good, not for profit.

Robinhood slapped with two separate regulatory complaints

Dec 18, 2020
Massachusetts regulators say the brokerage app Robinhood makes it too easy for inexperienced traders to buy risky options.
A number of lawmakers are calling for regulation of apps like Robinhood, including Rep. Ro Khanna. "Technology is not sufficient without proper regulations," he says.
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Charles Schwab on how low commissions became zero commissions

Oct 9, 2019
The brokerage firm has a history of lowering trading fees, says founder Charles Schwab.
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