Trump Says Ordering SEC to Consider Ending Quarterly Earnings Reports


President Donald Trump said Friday he has ordered stock market regulators to look into ending the requirement for businesses to issue quarterly earnings reports.

Asking the Securities and Exchange Commission -- an independent agency -- to move to twice-yearly reporting could help create jobs, Trump said on Twitter.

"In speaking with some of the world's top business leaders I asked what it is that would make business (jobs) even better in the US. 'Stop quarterly reporting & go to a six month system,' said one. That would allow greater flexibility & save money," he tweeted. 

"I have asked the SEC to study!"

The SEC was created in 1934 in the midst of the great depression and requires publicly-traded companies to issue quarterly and annual earnings reports to keep the public informed on their operations and financial situation.

The securities law that created the SEC requires public reports, but the agency has some leeway to interpret the law in setting regulations.

The SEC consists of five commissioners appointed by the president, although there currently are only four in place, three named by Trump. No more than three can be from any one party.

Comments 2
Missing youssefhaddad 18 August 2018, 14:29

Quarterly financial reports for publicly held corporation forces them to make decisions with short term effects to show profits for each quarter instead of having long term plans.
Gauging performance of a corporation every 3 month is not realistic and jeopardize good planning.

Thumb whyaskwhy 18 August 2018, 16:17

Cool idea lets hope it works!