Federal and state laws govern how the financial markets protect investors and consumers, and promote financial stability. Read Investopedia's expert-written library to learn more. 

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Securities Act of 1933: Significance and History
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Blue Sky Laws: Definition, Purpose, How They're Regulated
Dodd-Frank Act: Legislation to make the U.S. financial system safer and prevent a repeat of the excessive risk-taking that led to the 2007-2008 financial crisis.
Dodd-Frank Act: What It Does, Major Components, Criticisms
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Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) Overview and History
Putting Numbers Into Perspective
Emergency Banking Act of 1933: Definition, Purpose, Importance
Copyright Protection
Copyright Explained: Definition, Types, and How It Works
Middle-aged African American couple discussing retirement plans with financial advisor.
Investment Advisers Act of 1940 Definition, Overview
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Investment Company Act of 1940 Definition
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Sherman Antitrust Act: Definition, History, and What It Does
Financial CHOICE Act
Financial CHOICE Act
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Usury Laws: Definition, Purpose, Regulation, and Enforcement
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What Is the Taft-Hartley Act?
Budget Control Act (BCA)
Budget Control Act (BCA)
Tort Law
Tort Law: What It Is and How It Works, With Examples
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Competition In Contracting Act (CICA)
Chapter 7 Bankruptcy: What It Is, How It Works, Ramifications
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National Securities Markets Improvement Act (NSMIA)
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Uniform Securities Act
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American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA): Objectives and FAQ
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Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA): What You Need to Know
Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976
President Lyndon B. Johnson signs the 1964 Civil Rights Act as Martin Luther King, Jr., and others, look on.
What Is the Civil Rights Act of 1964? What's Included and History
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National Housing Act: Overview, Impact, Criticisms
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Crime of 1873
Telecommunications Consumer Protection Act of 1991 (TCPA)
January 29, 2009: President Obama signs the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act into law 01/29/09.
Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act: Definition, History, Impact
Investor Protection Act
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Uniform Partnership Act (UPA): Key Concepts and FAQs
What Is the Consumer Credit Protection Act (CCPA)? Definition
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Emergency Economic Stabilization Act (EESA) of 2008
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Diamond-Dybvig Model: Theory of Bank Runs
A man walks past five foreclosed homes in Chicago on July 21, 2010.
Housing and Economic Recovery Act (HERA): Overview, History, FAQ
Private Securities Litigation Reform Act (PSLRA)
Insider Trading Act of 1988
McFadden Act
McFadden Act
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Employment Act of 1946
Insider Trading Sanctions Act of 1984
Small Business Job Protection Act of 1996
Small Business Job Protection Act of 1996
Monetary Accord of 1951
Monetary Accord of 1951
Water Quality Improvement Act Of 1970
Water Quality Improvement Act of 1970
Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA)
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Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967
Urban Development Act Of 1970
Urban Development Act of 1970
Uniform Individual Accident and Sickness Policy Provisions Act
Financial Regulations: Glass-Steagall to Dodd-Frank