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A Plain English Handbook

A Plain English Handbook



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Published by: Vampire on Mar 20, 2009
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A Plain EnglishHandbook
How to create clear SEC disclosure documents
By the Office of Investor Education and AssistanceU.S. Securities and Exchange Commission450 5th Street, N.W.Washington, DC 20549August 1998
This handbook shows how you can use well-established techniquesfor writing in plain English to create clearer and more informativedisclosure documents. We are publishing this handbook only foryour general information. Of course, when drafting a document forfiling with the SEC, you must make sure it meets all legal requirements.
a plain english handbook
This handbook reflects the work, ideas, and generosity of manyindividuals and organizations at the SEC and in the private sector.At the SEC, staff in the Divisions of Corporation Finance andInvestment Management, the Offices of Public Affairs and GeneralCounsel, and the Chairman’s Office provided insightful comments.In particular, Commissioner Isaac C. Hunt Jr., Nick Balamaci, BarryBarbash, Gregg Corso, Brian Lane, Diane Sanger, Jennifer Scardino,Michael Schlein, Heidi Stam, and Tony Vertuno offered invaluableadvice and guidance.Corporate officials and lawyers enthusiastically helped us to breathelife into our plain English initiatives and this handbook. The Societyof Corporate Secretaries, the American Bar Association, and The BondMarket Association invited us to conduct workshops where we testedmuch of the information in the handbook. Kathleen Gibson, PeggyForan, Susan Wolf, Bruce Bennett, Jim McKenzie, Jeff Klauder,Fred Green, Mark Howard, Pierre de Saint Phalle, Richard M. Phillips,and Alan J. Davis contributed mightily to our efforts.Special thanks to Warren Buffett for his support and preface, to KenMorris of Lightbulb Press, and to the talented staff at Siegel & Gale. Iam especially grateful to the staff of my office for giving me the timeand support I needed to work on the handbook.
Nancy M. Smith
Director, Office of Investor Education and Assistance

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