Investor Bulletin: Be Cautious of SAFEs in Crowdfunding

May 9, 2017
The SEC’s Office of Investor Education and Advocacy is issuing this Investor Bulletin to educate investors about a type of  security, often described as a SAFE (a “Simple Agreement for Future Equity”), that may be offered in crowdfunding offerings.

Investor Bulletin: Crowdfunding Investment Limits Increase

May 5, 2017
The SEC’s Office of Investor Education and Advocacy is issuing this Investor Bulletin to advise investors about the inflation-adjusted increase in the investment limits for securities-based crowdfunding.

Updated Investor Bulletin: Protecting Your Online Investment Accounts from Fraud

Apr 26, 2017
The SEC’s Office of Investor Education and Advocacy is issuing this Investor Bulletin to help investors protect their online investment accounts from fraud. As with all web-based accounts, investors should take precautions to help ensure that their online brokerage accounts remain secure. These online security tips can help.

Investor Bulletin: Investor Complaints

Apr 19, 2017
The SEC’s Office of Investor Education and Advocacy (OIEA) is issuing this Investor Bulletin to inform investors about how OIEA handles investor complaints and other ways investors may be able to resolve a securities-related dispute.

Investor Alert: Beware of Stock Recommendations on Investment Research Websites

Apr 10, 2017
The SEC’s Office of Investor Education and Advocacy is issuing this Investor Alert to warn investors that seemingly independent commentary on investment research websites may in fact be part of paid stock promotion campaigns.

Investor Bulletin: Ten Ways to Use Investor.gov

Mar 8, 2017
Whether you are investing on your own, working with a financial professional, planning your retirement, or just interested in learning more about investing generally, here are ten ways you can use Investor.gov to become a more informed investor and avoid fraud.

Investor Bulletin: Robo-Advisers

Feb 23, 2017
The last few years have seen the growth in availability and popularity of automated digital investment advisory programs (often called “robo-advisers”).  These programs allow individual investors to create and manage their investment accounts through a web portal or mobile application, sometimes with little or no interaction with a human being with the potential benefit of lower costs than traditional investment advisory programs.  The SEC’s Office of Investor Education and Advocacy is issuing this Investor Bulletin to educate investors about these programs, and to help investors using

Investor Bulletin: Alternative Mutual Funds

Feb 3, 2017
The SEC’s Office of Investor Education and Advocacy is issuing this Investor Bulletin to inform you about features, and some potential risks, of alternative mutual funds.

Updated Investor Bulletin: Focus on Money Market Funds

Jan 12, 2017
The SEC’s Office of Investor Education and Advocacy is issuing this Investor Bulletin to help educate investors about money market funds, including money market funds’ investment objectives and risks. For additional assistance, investors can call the SEC’s Office of Investor Education and Advocacy at 1-800-SEC-0330, or ask a question using this online form.

Investor Alert: Excessive Trading at Investors’ Expense

Jan 9, 2017
The SEC’s Office of Investor Education and Advocacy (OIEA) and Broker-Dealer Task Force are jointly issuing this Investor Alert to help investors identify excessive trading in their brokerage accounts and to educate investors about steps they should take if their brokerage firm notifies them of a high volume of trade activity in their accounts.