A good deal rests on the shoulders of the Securities and Exchange Commission and, as Occupy Wall Street rages on, they’re well aware of the burden. The organization is stretched thin in many ways, and the ramifications of this may only deepen as SEC responsibilities increase under the Dodd-Frank Act, a struggling economy, and a whole nation of scared investors. Among the secrets the SEC keeps: Corporate damage is often already done by the time they get involved, they don’t have the resources to handle all of their responsibilities, and, perhaps most disturbing, they can’t always protect the elderly and other vulnerable people from financial scams.

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