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Publications

We offer full-color printed versions of some of our most popular online materials.  To order free copies of these publications, please visit the Federal Citizen Information Center website.

Ask Questions - Questions You Should Ask About Your Investments

"Ask Questions."  That’s the best advice we can give you about how to invest wisely. We see too many investors who might have avoided trouble and losses if they had asked basic questions from the start.

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Guide for Seniors: Protect Yourself Against Investment Fraud

Seniors are often the target of fraud. However, with some basic understanding of how scam artists work, you can avoid fraud and protect your hard-earned money. Learning how to invest safely can mean a huge difference in your retirement years.

Seniors are particularly vulnerable to tactics of scam artists who are “nice” or attempt to develop a false bond of friendship. Scam artists prey on seniors who are polite to others and have difficulty saying “no” or feel indebted to someone who has provided unsolicited investment advice.

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Mutual Funds - A Guide for Investors

Mutual funds can offer the advantages of diversification and professional management.  But, as with other investment choices, investing in mutual funds involves risk.  In addition, fees and taxes can diminish a fund's returns.  This brochure explains the basics of mutual fund investing - how mutual funds work, what factors to consider before investing, and how to avoid common pitfalls.

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Saving and Investing - A Roadmap To Your Financial Security Through Saving and Investing

Knowing how to secure your financial well-being is one of the most important things you’ll ever need in life. You don’t have to be a genius to do it. You just need to know a few basics, form a plan, and be ready to stick to it. No matter how much or little money you have, the important thing is to educate yourself about your opportunities.

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Saving and Investing for Students

While money doesn’t grow on trees, it can grow when you save and invest wisely.

Knowing how to secure your financial well-being is one of the most important things you’ll ever need in life. You don’t have to be a genius to do it. You just need to know a few basics, form a plan, and be ready to stick to it. No matter how much or little money you have, the important thing is to educate yourself about your opportunities. In this brochure, we’ll cover the basics on saving and investing.

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Stopping Affinity Fraud in Your Community

The SEC’s Office of Investor Education and Advocacy believes it is important to raise awareness regarding investment scams that target groups. In this guide, you will learn key strategies for protecting yourself and your community from the potentially devastating impact of affinity fraud.

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Variable Annuities

Variable annuities have become a part of the retirement and investment plans of many Americans. Before you buy a variable annuity, you should know some of the basics – and be prepared to ask your insurance agent, broker, financial planner, or other financial professional lots of questions about whether a variable annuity is right for you.

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