Securities Law: is the field of US law that covers various aspects of transactions and other dealings with securities. It includes both Federal and state level regulation by purely governmental regulatory agencies, most notably the Federal level United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). There are also quasi-public 'self regulatory organizations' (SRO's) such as the National Association of Securities Dealers (NASD). A significant influence is exerted by the availability of private rights of action under both state and Federal securities laws, as well as more generalized laws covering fraud. Futures and some aspects of derivatives are regulated by the Federal Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC).
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