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Course Description

Public companies must follow strict rules regarding how they and their representatives disclose “inside” information about the company. These rules fall under Regulation FD (Fair Disclosure), which dictates that a public company’s release of material, nonpublic information must be in accordance with approved forms of public disclosure. Specifically, FD ensures all material information about a company is made available to all investors at the same time.

FD is intended to avoid insider trading — an illegal activity in which a select few with access to corporate insiders gain information that can be used, whether by themselves or to “tip” others, to turn a profit or avoid a loss. This illegal activity is subject to severe punishments under the anti-fraud provisions of the federal securities laws.

In addition is a practice known as “selective disclosure”. This refers to companies providing inside information to market analysts, other securities-market professionals and shareholders in advance of announcing it to the public. While similar to “tipping”, selective disclosure was not prohibited until the SEC's enactment of Regulation FD in 1990.

The Cintas, 30-minute Online Regulation FD Training Course addresses the basic principles of Regulation FD in simple terms. It includes quizzes, news briefs and real-world compliance issues that employees should learn to recognize and respond to effectively. Topics include:

  • A comprehensive look at Regulation FD
  • Understanding Regulation FD and insider trading
  • Regulation FD — briefly speaking
  • To whom does Regulation FD apply?
  • Material, nonpublic information — defined
  • To whom are disclosures prohibited?
  • Overview — fair disclosure methods
  • Overview — fair disclosure safeguards
  • Role of other communications
  • Understanding and preventing violations

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