The Securities and Exchange Commission is closely monitoring the impact of Hurricane Michael on investors and capital markets.
“The dedicated staff of the SEC is preparing to provide support for market participants as Hurricane Michael approaches the Gulf,” said SEC Chairman Jay Clayton. “While we assess the need to extend deadlines for filings and other regulatory requirements, work to help ensure access to securities accounts, and monitor for storm-related fraud, we encourage all of those in its path to pay close attention to directions from local officials before, during, and after the storm.”
The SEC divisions and offices that oversee companies, accountants, investment advisers, mutual funds, brokerage firms, transfer agents, and other regulated entities and investment professionals will continue to closely track developments. They will evaluate the possibility of granting relief from filing deadlines and other regulatory requirements for those affected by the storm. Entities and investment professionals affected by Hurricane Michael are encouraged to contact Commission staff with questions and concerns:
- Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations staff in the Commission's Miami Regional Office can be reached by phone at 305-982-6300 or email at email@example.com
- Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations staff in the Commission's Atlanta Regional Office can be reached by phone at 404-842-7600 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Division of Corporation Finance staff can be reached by phone at 202-551-3500 or via online submission at www.sec.gov/forms/corp_fin_interpretive
- Division of Investment Management staff can be reached by phone at 202-551-6825 or email at email@example.com
- Division of Trading and Markets staff can be reached by phone at 202-551-5777 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Office of Municipal Securities staff can be reached by phone at 202-551-5680 or email at email@example.com
Individuals experiencing problems accessing their securities accounts or with similar questions or concerns relating to the hurricane are encouraged to contact the SEC’s Office of Investor Education and Advocacy by phone at 1-800-SEC-0330 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Investors should be vigilant for Hurricane Michael-related securities scams and check the background of anyone offering them an investment by using the free and simple search tool on Investor.gov. The Division of Enforcement will vigorously prosecute those who attempt to defraud victims of the storm. The SEC is asking investors to report any suspicious solicitations at www.sec.gov/complaint/tipscomplaint.shtml.