As part of a broad government investigation into the terrorist acts of Sept. 11, the Securities and Exchange Commission has asked that all securities-related entities -- regardless of whether they are registered with the SEC -- voluntarily check their records for any relationships or transactions with the individuals and organizations named in a presidential order or suspect list provided by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

The move comes after President Bush on Sept. 23 signed an executive order freezing U.S. assets of and blocking transactions with 27 individuals and organizations and the FBI published a list of those under investigation in connection with the World Trade Center and Pentagon attacks,

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