Discussion on “Ensuring a Fair and Level Playing Field for Your Investments” with Commissioner Robert J. Jackson, Jr. of the (SEC)
For most of us, our stock market investments are a critical component of our financial well-being. The SEC is at the core of ensuring our stock markets are safe and fair. Commissioner Jackson said it best during the Senate confirmation hearing.
“I believe that the SEC’s purpose is to protect everyday investors like my Mom and Dad. Because today’s markets are so complex, it can be east to get lost in technical details, and forget why those safeguards are so important. But my story shows why protecting America’s investors is at the heart of what the SEC does. Safe markets not only encourage investment and entrepreneurship and growth. Safe markets make it possible for two young middle-class parents to transform their lives-so that someday their son has the chance to sit before the United States Senate as a Presidential nominee. Safe markets are at the core of the American dream-something I have learned by living it.”
Commissioner Jackson’s speeches and writings demonstrate a record of strong advocacy for open, fair, and safe capital markets in the United States. We welcome Commissioner Jackson to The Aspen Wye Fellows’ stage for a discussion on what he believes are the top three or four challenges the SEC faces in an economy and society where investing is more important to an increasing number of Americans.
Commissioner Jackson was appointed by President Trump and sworn in on January 11, 2018. He has extensive experience as a legal scholar, policy professional and corporate lawyer. Prior to his appointment he was a Professor of Law at the New York University Law School and previously at the Columbia University Law School where he also was the Director of its Program on Corporate Law and Policy. He was a senior policy adviser in the Department of Treasury working with the Special Master TARP Executive Compensation. Prior to that, he was a corporate attorney in private practice. He holds two bachelor’s degrees from the University of Pennsylvania; an MBA from the Wharton School of Business; a master’s from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government; and a law degree from Harvard Law School.