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Informed Investor Advisory: Third-Party Custodians of Self-Directed IRAs and Other Qualified Programs

Are you an informed investor? Third-Party Custodians of Self-Directed IRAs or Other Qualified Programs While self-directed IRAs can be a safe way to invest retirement funds, investors should understand that third-party custodians have limited duties to investors. Since the mid-1970s, investors have taken advantage of a provision in the tax code allowing them to contribute […]

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Informed Investor Advisory: HYIPs

HYIPs are Ponzi schemes sold by unlicensed individuals. In the past, con artists relied on word of mouth to lure investors into these investments. Now they rely on the Internet and social media buzz to quickly popularize their schemes before the fraud is discovered.

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Informed Investor Advisory: Virtual Currency

Virtual currency is an electronic medium of exchange that, unlike real money, is not controlled or backed by a central government or central bank. Virtual currency includes crypto-currency such as Bitcoin, Ripple or Litecoin.

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Making Sense of Financial Professional Titles

The Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) Office of Investor Education and Advocacy and the North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA) are jointly issuing this Investor Bulletin to help investors better understand the titles used by financial professionals.

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Informed Investor Advisory: Energy Investments

With energy demands and a desire for energy independence increasing globally, investments in traditional and alternative energy resources are being promoted more often and are becoming attractive to more investors.

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Informed Investor Advisory: Financial Service Providers

Whether you are just starting a retirement fund or need additional help with growing and managing your money, you may benefit from selecting an investment services professional. Finding a person who is knowledgeable, affordable, and trustworthy may be a challenging process.

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Informed Investor Advisory: Private Placement Offerings

Learn about the risks associated with private placement offerings.

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Small Business Advisory: Crowdfunding

On April 5, 2012, President Obama signed into law the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act, a series of legislative provisions intended to facilitate capital formation in the United States. Part of this legislation included the CROWDFUND Act, which makes significant changes in current federal and state securities laws. The CROWDFUND Act will allow entrepreneurs […]

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Informed Investor Advisory: Crowdfunding

Are you an informed investor? Crowdfunding The Internet has become an inexpensive and easy way for individuals and businesses to raise money for their activities. Congress recently passed the JOBS Act, which directs the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to create rules exempting crowdfunding from the securities registration laws. Once implemented these rules will remove restrictions on start-up […]

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NASAA Cautions Investors Not to Stumble When Interest Rates Fall Flat

February 1, 2012 – Following the Federal Reserve’s announcement that interest rates are expected to remain low until at least late 2014, NASAA today cautioned investors to beware of risky or outright fraudulent investments promising higher yield or returns.

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