We Are Here For You
In The Bahamas, the Securities Commission of The Bahamas oversees the capital markets, where people buy and sell debt securities with a maturity of a year or longer (such as bonds) and equities (such as common and preference shares). The Securities Commission also oversees persons conducting securities business, like brokers and investment advisors.
We are here to protect investors in the capital markets from unfair, improper and fraudulent practices and to ensure the capital markets are fair and efficient. We protect investors by reviewing and approving/not approving applications from persons wishing to conduct securities business, monitoring the conduct of persons doing securities business, launching investigations and enforcement activity against persons suspected of breaking securities laws, and by providing information and education about investing.
It is important to remember that investing, by its very nature, always involves risk. The Securities Commission cannot protect you or your investments from that. Investors should know how much risk they are comfortable with and make investment decisions accordingly. Investment decisions are always a balance between risk and reward.
Investor complaints are very important to the Securities Commission. An investor complaint may trigger an investigation that allows the Securities Commission to identity and stop certain fraudulent activities. If you feel that you may be the target or victim of a securities related fraud, please let us know about it.