WASHINGTON – Public pension and municipal advisors are among the examination priorities for the Securities and Exchange Commission in 2017, the SEC's Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations announced Thursday.

OCIE, which characterizes itself as the "eyes and ears" of the SEC, said its priorities were derived from conversations office staff had with SEC commissioners, the Investor Advocate, and staff from the SEC's regional offices, policy-making divisions, its enforcement division, and other regulators. Its priorities are organized around three thematic areas: examining matters of importance to retail investors, focusing on risks specific to elderly and retiring investors; and assessing market-wide risks.

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