Mutual Funds and the Regulatory Capture of the SEC

Regulatory agencies are created to act in the public interest but often end up acting in the interests of those regulated. This is known as regulatory capture. The theory of regulatory capture may be given both a broad and narrow interpretation. Under a broad interpretation, a group of entities seeking regulatory favor or “a special interest” affect state intervention in various areas, including taxation, monetary policy and legislation. Under a narrow interpretation, special interest groups manipulate regulators directly.

Mutual fund assets in the U.S. currently exceed $16 trillion, and these assets generate more than $100 billion per year in revenue … Read more