You trusted your stockbroker with your hard-earned money. And it seemed like a great arrangement…at first. Now, you’re worried that your stockbroker is committing fraud with your investments. You’re not alone. In 2017, 66,873 cases of securities fraud and theft were reported to the United States Sentencing Commission. If you think your broker is committing … Continue reading Stock Frauds: What to Do If You Suspect Your Broker of Misconduct
Do you have big dreams of retiring in paradise? Or maybe you have your eye on a luxury car or a bigger house. Achieving these goals may seem impossible, but it doesn’t have to be. You’ve probably heard the famous cliche that you need to “make your money work for you”, and it’s true! Letting … Continue reading How to Deal with a Large Loss of Money When Trading Stocks
As an investor, you want someone to protect you and maintain a fair and orderly stock market, right? That’s the role of the Securities and Exchange Commission or the SEC. Whether it be your retirement savings, accounts to pay for college tuition, or investments just to build wealth, the SEC is there to make sure … Continue reading What Does the SEC Do? Here’s Everything You Need to Know
When you consider the financial toll of a hurricane or other natural disaster, losses due to investment fraud is most likely not something you would factor in. However investment fraud following a catastrophic natural event is quite prevalent. Many investors have found themselves in hot water after getting involved in investment opportunities related to hurricanes … Continue reading Don’t Fall Prey to Investment Fraud Following a Hurricane
Understanding Index Funds There’s a lot of ways you can get involved in securities investing. Some of the most popular methods are through the use of what are called index funds. An index fund is a type of mutual fund that tracks the performance and returns of a market index. You are probably familiar with … Continue reading Investing 101: Understanding Index Funds
As nearly half of all Americans own no stocks at all, one of the reasons for that is that there are so many complicated laws surrounding their finance. If your stockbroker breaks securities law, you have the right to sue. However, if you don’t know the first thing about the law, you could end up … Continue reading Securities Law: 10 Steps to Suing Your Broker
You know that the factors affecting an investment’s valuation go behind standard data and metrics. Often, an investment’s value can hinge largely on highly subjective factors, like public perception. The “reputation” of an asset or security can either signal an attractive investment opportunity or drive away investors. You’ve probably heard of pump and dump schemes; … Continue reading How to Know Short and Distort Manipulation When You See It
We’ve all seen the news stories. Stock market fraudsters get caught running a scheme where people lose millions. The most recent of these was Bernard Madoff in 2008. He tricked investors out of 50 billion dollars. Most people have no idea they’ve been tricked until it’s too late. This doesn’t have to be you. An … Continue reading What is Stockbroker Fraud? And Why Should Investors Care?
Regardless of your investing experience, nobody knows everything there is to know about stock and securities trading. That’s why you have probably enlisted the help of an investment professional, either as a sounding-board for investment decisions or to assist you in facilitating and completing transactions. An investment advisor or a broker-dealer can be a great … Continue reading How Well Do You Know Your Investment Advisor?
Investing in your future financial security is one of the wisest decisions you can make. Planning for your retirement now can provide you with peace-of-mind for the future. There are many ways you can invest in retirement savings; one of the most popular being through an Individual Retirement Account (IRA). The great thing about IRAs … Continue reading 5 Tips for Protecting Your Self-Directed IRA from Fraud