Today [October18], the staff issued a report on the so called “meme stock” episode that occurred this past January. We would like to thank the staff not only for their hard work on this report, but also for keeping the Commission fully and timely informed during the period of extreme volatility discussed in the report. While the report includes an interesting account of the events, it does not appear that many conclusions can be drawn from the data. This report should have been an anodyne report on the events of earlier this year and, if evident from the data, an … Read more
Good afternoon. Thank you to everyone who hurried back from lunch to hear me speak. The pressure is on for me to make it worth your while. I never imagined that I would be standing at this podium, but I am excited to be here. I recognize that many of you are here today to get insight into what we are focusing on at the Commission. I would like to take this opportunity to let you know what you can expect to hear from me in the coming year.
I will note here that my views and remarks are my
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Today, I will talk about the proxy process. But, before I segue into any substance, this is a good time for me to provide my first standard disclaimer: My views and remarks are my own, and do not necessarily represent those of the SEC or other Commissioners.
Last year, Chairman Jay Clayton announced that the Commission would review the existing SEC rules that govern the proxy system. The staff held a roundtable that raised many issues in this area and invited public comment prior to and following the event. Recently, the Chairman asked me to take the … Read more
Good morning and thank you to the Divisions of Corporation Finance and Investment Management for organizing this roundtable. I hope that everyone here will take this opportunity to engage in a thoughtful, meaningful discussion on the proxy process. If the process were perfect, we would not be here today. The topics on the agenda have the tendency to get emotional. Trust me, we know where most, if not all, of you stand on the issues. You have a platform today and I hope you use it to provide us with specific examples, data, and facts rather than generalities or anecdotes. … Read more