SEC’s Jay Clayton wants regular investors access to private markets


The head of the SEC says more needs to be done to make it easier for companies to go public and that his office is taking a “fresh look” at allowing Main Street investors access to the private capital markets.

In a speech to the Economic Club of New York on Monday, SEC Chairman Jay Clayton said the lack of more IPOs and the inability of most of the Main Street investing public to access private markets was a “growing concern.”

Clayton addressed what he called the “two segments” in capital markets: the public markets, and private ones, including private equity and venture capital investments.

“Twenty-five years ago, the public markets dominated the private markets in virtually every…


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