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About FINRA Investor Education Foundation

FINRA is an independent, not-for-profit regulator authorized by Congress to oversee the broker-dealer industry. The FINRA Investor Education Foundation develops and distributes tools and resources to help investors make informed financial decisions and avoid financial fraud. One such tool is FINRA BrokerCheck, a free tool to research the background and experience of investment professionals. FINRA and the FINRA Foundation do not sell investment products, promote products or firms, or offer specific investment advice.

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Sponsored Content - FINRA is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to investor protection and market integrity. Under the oversight of the US Securities and Exchange Commission, FINRA regulates one critical part of the securities industry—brokerage firms doing business with the public in the US. 
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There's no denying that securities markets today look different than they did decades ago-or even just a dozen years ago. Join the FINRA Foundation for a discussion of emerging trends, tips for keeping track of your investments, strategies for spotting and avoiding fraud, and tools offered by financial regulators to help you become a smarter, more informed investor.


There's no denying that securities markets today look different than they did decades ago-or even just a dozen years ago. Join the FINRA Foundation for a discussion of emerging trends, tips for keeping track of your investments, strategies for spotting and avoiding fraud, and tools offered by financial regulators to help you become a smarter, more informed investor.
In the wake of the global coronavirus pandemic, supply chains have been interrupted, financial markets are experiencing historic volatility, and many individuals and businesses are questioning how they will continue to weather the storm. When it feels like so many things are out of our control, sometimes the best thing to do is focus on the things that are. Join experts from the FINRA Investor Education Foundation to learn key tips for smart investing in today's environment—from handling market volatility, to spotting and avoiding fraud.
In the wake of the global coronavirus pandemic, supply chains have been interrupted, financial markets are experiencing historic volatility, and many individuals and businesses are questioning how they will continue to weather the storm. When it feels like so many things are out of our control, sometimes the best thing to do is focus on the things that are. Join experts from the FINRA Investor Education Foundation to learn key tips for smart investing in today's environment—from handling market volatility, to spotting and avoiding fraud.

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Use FINRA Investor Insights, articles, BrokerCheck, and other resources to build knowledge and avoid problems such as the latest frauds, which all too often are perpetrated by people outside FINRA's jurisdiction.
The truth is, we all need to protect our money from fraud. You can help protect your family and friends by recognizing how investment fraudsters operate and by reporting suspicious sales pitches and actual scams.
If you are thinking about contacting an investment professional, or one has recently contacted you, know the steps to take and the questions to ask before you invest.
It can be difficult to recover assets lost to fraud or other scenarios in which an investor has experienced a problem with an investment, but there are legitimate ways to attempt recovery.
Are you a senior investor with questions about your brokerage account statement or an investment in a brokerage account? Are you concerned that your account may have been mishandled by a broker? Call 844-57-HELPS (844-574-3577).
A POA can be important—even essential—to managing your financial affairs in the event you unexpectedly become unable to manage things on your own. Here’s what you need to know.
Digital assets like cryptocurrencies and ICOs continue to evolve and spark interest from Main Street investors, but the markets remain highly volatile and risky. Before investing, do your homework.
Investors sometimes use margin to leverage their investments and increase their purchasing power, but these benefits can come with significant risks including the potential for higher losses.
A private placement is an offering of unregistered securities to a limited pool of investors. While the market for private placements is significant, it’s critical for investors to know the risks before investing.
Corporate actions by a public company may affect its securities, shareholders, and bondholders. If you are curious about how an action may impact your investments, here’s what you need to know.
Fraudsters quickly change their pitches to match what investors seek, and in some instances, misuse the name of a real registered investment professional or firm to give their schemes the appearance of legitimacy.

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