SEC launches Spanish site
- By Dan Caterinicchia, Dan Caterinicchia
- Oct 23, 2001
In an effort to reach out to America's fastest growing demographic group,
the Securities and Exchange Commission last week launched a Spanish-language
section of its Web site.
The new section describes the role of the SEC and how it protects investors.
It includes Spanish translations of the commission's most popular brochures
on investing wisely and avoiding fraud. The site also links to Spanish language
investor education resources offered by other government agencies and industry
organizations. Investors can access the Spanish language information by
visiting the SEC's Web site at www.sec.gov and then
clicking on "Informacion en Espanol."
The SEC also has updated the information available at its toll-free
number (800) 732-0330 to provide information for Spanish-speaking
Americans who lack Internet access. The commission also established an e-mail
address for Spanish-speaking investors who have questions or complaints
about the securities industry. Investors who send e-mails in Spanish to
firstname.lastname@example.org will receive a response in Spanish from the SEC, which will
have the help of a translation service.
"As the Hispanic population in the United States continues to grow,
the commission and its staff believe that it is important to respond with
additional Spanish language resources," SEC Chairman Harvey Pitt said in
a release. "Our agency wants to help preclude language barriers from separating
investors from reliable information about saving and investing wisely."