Investor Bulletin: Investment Adviser Sponsored Wrap Fee Programs

Dec 7, 2017
The SEC’s Office of Investor Education and Advocacy is issuing this Investor Bulletin to provide investors information about investment adviser sponsored wrap fee programs.  This bulletin provides basic information about wrap fee programs and some questions to consider asking your investment adviser before choosing to open an account in a wrap fee program.

Investor Bulletin: Understanding Your Brokerage Account Statement

Dec 5, 2017
The Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) Office of Investor Education and Advocacy and the Office of Public Affairs have created an interactive brokerage account statement to help you better understand the information in your account statement and to highlight certain information to look out for when reviewing this statement.

Investor Alert: Beware of Paid-To-Click (PTC) Scams

Nov 7, 2017
The SEC’s Office of Investor Education and Advocacy is warning investors about investment scams conducted through online paid-to-click (PTC) programs.

Updated Investor Bulletin: Master Limited Partnerships – An Introduction

Nov 3, 2017
The Securities and Exchange Commission’s Office of Investor Education and Advocacy is issuing this Investor Bulletin to help investors understand Master Limited Partnerships, or MLPs.  Because investing in an MLP may be unfamiliar, investors should carefully consider potential benefits – and risks – before making an investment decision.

Investor Alert: Celebrity Endorsements

Nov 1, 2017
The SEC’s Office of Investor Education and Advocacy (OIEA) is warning investors not to make investment decisions based solely on celebrity endorsements.

Investor Alert: Be Vigilant for Possible Investment Scams Related to the California Wildfires

Oct 17, 2017
The SEC's Office of Investor Education and Advocacy is issuing this Investor Alert to alert investors, including individuals who may receive lump sum payouts from insurance companies and others as a result of damage from the California wildfires, to investment scams that may take advantage of the disaster.

Updated Investor Bulletin: The ABCs of Credit Ratings

Oct 12, 2017
The SEC’s Office of Investor Education and Advocacy and Office of Credit Ratings are issuing this Investor Bulletin to educate investors about credit ratings.

Investor Bulletin: World Investor Week

Oct 2, 2017
The SEC’s Office of Investor Education and Advocacy, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, FINRA (the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority), and NASAA (the North American Securities Administrators Association) are issuing this Investor Bulletin to highlight the key messages of World Investor Week, a week-long, global campaign promoted by International Organization of Securities Commissions to raise awareness about the importance of investor education and protection.  During World Investor Week (October 2-8, 2017), individual investors, investment professionals, teachers, parents,…

Investor Bulletin: Opening an Investment Advisory Account

Sep 25, 2017
The SEC’s Office of Investor Education and Advocacy is issuing this Investor Bulletin to provide tips on what to consider when opening an investment advisory account.   Investment advisory accounts differ from brokerage accounts, which generally are governed by different rules and regulations.  For information on opening a brokerage account, please see our bulletin: How to Open a Brokerage Account. Before opening an account with any financial professional, you should always remember to check the individual or entity’s background and disciplinary history.  You can do this using the IAPD…

Investor Bulletin: Financial Professionals’ Use of Professional Honors – Awards, Rankings, and Designations

Sep 14, 2017
The SEC’s Office of Investor Education and Advocacy is issuing this Investor Bulletin to educate individual investors about the professional awards, rankings, and designations that financial professionals often use to market themselves to prospective clients.