SEC surveys online investors to focus IT initiatives

SEC surveys online investors to focus IT initiatives

By Dipka Bhambhani

GCN staff

MAY 7'The Securities and Exchange Commission last week launched a Web survey to learn how investors are using electronic media to make decisions.

The survey will help SEC determine how to budget for its own information technology initiatives such as portals and other services, spokesman John Nester said. 'While we would not base any rule-making initiative solely on the basis of the survey results, we clearly will look at them as we consider initiatives,' he said.

The two-page questionnaire, which pops up under the headlines at www.sec.gov through July 1, asks about investors' expectations, experiences and trading habits.

SEC's acting chairman, Laura S. Unger, said the commission will issue a report on its findings about the impact of technology on securities markets and how to improve its own service to investors.

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