Founded in 1993 as part of a multi-state settlement to resolve charges of misconduct, the Investor Protection Trust serves as an independent source of non-commercial investor education. Since 1993 the IPT has worked with the States and at the national level to provide the independent, objective investor education needed by all Americans to make informed investment decisions.
In April 2003, the North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA), the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, FINRA, and the New York Stock Exchange announced the settlement of enforcement actions involving conflicts of interest between the research and investment banking operations of 10 of the nation’s largest investment firms. Seven of the firms agreed to pay a total of $80 million for investor education purposes. Of that amount, $30 million was paid to State Securities Regulators and those funds comprise the Investor Education Fund overseen by the IPT. Additional State settlements continue to be deposited with IPT.
IPT operates programs under its own auspices and uses grants to underwrite important investor education and protection initiatives carried out by other organizations.
IPT functions under the direction of a Board of Trustees which is composed of State Securities Regulators or their designees. Current IPT Trustees are:
Deputy Securities Commissioner
Montana Office of the State Auditor
New Hampshire Bureau of Securities Regulation
Illinois Securities Department
Acting Director and General Counsel
Massachusetts Securities Division
Georgia Secretary of State"s Securities & Charities Division
IPT Financial Information
IPT posts its monthly financial statements as well as information on making contributions to IPT.