Section 16

AAA

DEFINITION of 'Section 16'

A section of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 that is used to describe the various regulatory filing responsibilities that must be met by directors, officers and principal stockholders. According to Section 16, every person who is directly or indirectly the beneficial owner of more than 10% of the company, or who is a director or an officer of the issuer of such a security, shall file the statements required by this subsection with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

INVESTOPEDIA EXPLAINS 'Section 16'

Insiders affiliated with a public company, or any owners of more than 10%, are required to electronically file Form 3 with the SEC no later than 10 days after the individual becomes affiliated with the company. If there is a material change in the holdings of the company's insiders, they are required to file Form 4 with the SEC. Also, pursuant to Section 16, Form 5 must be filed by an insider who has conducted an insider transaction during the year if it was not previously reported on Form 4.

RELATED TERMS
  1. SEC Form 10-KT405

    An obsolete Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) form that ...
  2. SEC Form 10-K405

    A form used by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) prior ...
  3. Insider

    A director or senior officer of a company, as well as any person ...
  4. Form 3

    A document that must be filed with the Securities and Exchange ...
  5. Schedule 13D

    A form that must be filed with the SEC under Rule 13D. The form ...
  6. Securities Exchange Act Of 1934

    The Securities Exchange Act of 1934 was created to provide governance ...
RELATED FAQS
  1. What exactly is insider trading?

    An "insider" is any person who possesses at least one of the following: 1) access to valuable non-public information about ... Read Full Answer >>
  2. What's the difference between insider trading and insider information?

    Insider information is the knowledge of nonpublic material about a publicly traded company that may affect the stock's price. ... Read Full Answer >>
  3. What licenses and certifications do you need for a career in portfolio management?

    Traditionally, a career in portfolio management requires a certain level of education, professional licensing, on-the-job ... Read Full Answer >>
  4. Why does financial accounting have to comply with GAAP?

    Not all financial accounting practices in the United States have to comply with generally accepted accounting principles ... Read Full Answer >>
  5. What is required to become an accredited investor in a private placement?

    The term "accredited investors" is defined by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) as individuals with a net ... Read Full Answer >>
  6. How is buying on margin regulated by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)?

    The Federal Reserve Board and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) regulate buying on margin to a greater ... Read Full Answer >>
Related Articles
  1. Markets

    What Investors Can Learn From Insider Trading

    Some insider trading is actually legal - and can be extremely telling for investors.
  2. Options & Futures

    Can Insiders Help You Make Better Trades?

    Find out why the trading activity of owners and executives can be a valuable trade-confirmation tool.
  3. Investing

    REITs 101: How They're Regulated

    Here's everything you need to know about REITs in less than five minutes.
  4. Mutual Funds & ETFs

    How To Start a Hedge Fund In the United States

    A general overview of how to start a hedge fund firm in the United States, including complying with state and federal regulations.
  5. Mutual Funds & ETFs

    How To Start A Hedge Fund In The UK

    Starting a new hedge fund in the United Kingdom is more complex than in the United States. We discuss UK laws and regulations for starting a new hedge fund.
  6. Mutual Funds & ETFs

    How To Start A Hedge Fund In Canada

    Would-be hedge fund managers in Canada need to understand the laws and regulations that must be followed in order to start a fund in the country.
  7. Professionals

    How To Answer Option Questions On The Series 7 Exam

    Learn how to answer option questions on the Series 7 exam. Pass your Series 7 exam with the help of these tips.
  8. Taxes

    Is It Smart To Get Dual Citizenship?

    Does it ever make sense to be a citizen of the U.S. and somewhere else? Yes, so you can work minus a visa – not so much, if you get drafted into the army.
  9. Retirement

    Expat In America: Visas To Retire In the U.S.

    It isn't easy for non-citizens to retire in the United States unless a family member is already a citizen. But some visas will allow for longer visits
  10. Mutual Funds & ETFs

    The Impact of the Janus Market Timing Ruling

    A look at the impact of the Janus Supreme Court ruling on market timing.

You May Also Like

Hot Definitions
  1. Expected Return

    The amount one would anticipate receiving on an investment that has various known or expected rates of return. For example, ...
  2. Carrying Value

    An accounting measure of value, where the value of an asset or a company is based on the figures in the company's balance ...
  3. Capital Account

    A national account that shows the net change in asset ownership for a nation. The capital account is the net result of public ...
  4. Brand Equity

    The value premium that a company realizes from a product with a recognizable name as compared to its generic equivalent. ...
  5. Adverse Selection

    1. The tendency of those in dangerous jobs or high risk lifestyles to get life insurance. 2. A situation where sellers have ...
Trading Center