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Securities Law

A research guide for federal and state securities law

Researching Securities Law

Securities are negotiable instruments that have monetary value. They fall into two major classifications: equity (ownership, such as stocks and stock options) and debt (such as bonds). There are also "hybrid" securities that have elements of both equity and debt, but these instruments are less common. Securities are an important mechanism used by businesses and governments to raise money and can be bought and sold on secondary markets. Both the federal government and state governments regulate securities. State securities laws are referred to as Blue Sky laws. 

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These are resources to which the Hunter Law Library or the Harold B. Lee Library has purchased a subscription. Most subscription licenses require off-campus access to be limited to BYU law students and faculty. Other patrons are welcome to use many of these resources by visiting the library premises.

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