Investing 101: Wrap Fees Explained

If you’ve looked into hiring an investment adviser or advisory firm to help manage your investments, you may have seen some offer various advisory services bundled together under one comprehensive fee. These types of service fees are called wrap fees and are offered as sponsored packages by many advisory firms. With wrap fee programs, your … Continue reading Investing 101: Wrap Fees Explained »

Investors Need to Watch Out for Paid-to-Click Fraud

Investors Beware: Paid-to-Click Fraud There’s a new online scam targeting investors. The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has issued an alert to investors to watch out for Paid-to-Click (PTC) fraud. PTC scams involve fraudsters duping investors out of money for purchasing online advertisements. With Paid-to-Click fraud, investors are targeted by scammers who promise a share … Continue reading Investors Need to Watch Out for Paid-to-Click Fraud »

Fraud Watch: Beware of Senior Financial Scams

A recent report shows that senior citizens have become one of the largest demographic groups target by financial scams and investment fraud. In the past, we’ve offered tips for preventing elder financial abuse, but it seems that the problem is much more aggressive than just making sure that you take steps to protect your investments. … Continue reading Fraud Watch: Beware of Senior Financial Scams »

Who’s Watching the Watchdogs? SEC Hack Exposes Critical Financial Regulation Faults

SEC Hack Exposes Critical Security Faults On Thursday, it was announced that the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the nation’s top finance and securities regulator, had experienced a critical cyber security breach. The breach, which occurred in 2016, allowed hackers access to the SEC’s EDGAR system, a database which houses corporate filings and announcements for … Continue reading Who’s Watching the Watchdogs? SEC Hack Exposes Critical Financial Regulation Faults »

Know Before You Invest: Initial Coin Offerings

Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) are becoming an increasingly popular platform for raising capital these days, especially within the emerging tech industry. ICOs allow companies to offer virtual coins in exchange for capital contributions from investors. You may be more familiar with virtual currency under names like Bitcoin, Ethereum, or one of the many other forms … Continue reading Know Before You Invest: Initial Coin Offerings »

Florida Men Charged in Insider Trading Scheme

Two Florida men have been charged with insider trading in relation to a larger investigation by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The investigation uncovered an insider trading scheme spanning from New York to Florida and California. The scheme was perpetuated by a former IT employee of a large, New York bank. The man passed … Continue reading Florida Men Charged in Insider Trading Scheme »

Beware of Federal Retirement Savings Investment Fraud

The federal government is one of the nation’s largest employers. It employs millions of people; you may even be one of them. One of the largest perks of government employment is access to retirement security. Millions of employees participate in some sort of federal retirement savings or investment plan. The popular Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) … Continue reading Beware of Federal Retirement Savings Investment Fraud »

Bad Actors: Tips for Spotting the Financial Industry’s Bad Apples

We’ve all seen bad actors in movies and T.V., but did you know that bad actors can be found on Wall Street and other financial industry institutions? The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) recently released a statement outlining the need for checks-and-balances against bad actors.   What are bad actors? FINRA defines a bad actor … Continue reading Bad Actors: Tips for Spotting the Financial Industry’s Bad Apples »

8 Tips for Safeguarding Your Online Investments Against Fraud

In the internet age, cyber crime has become one of the top platforms for investment fraud and financial crimes. Many investors have begun making online investments instead of using traditional investment platforms. With this, comes the need to educate and inform about fraud targeting online investments. The Securities and Exchange Commission has published an investor … Continue reading 8 Tips for Safeguarding Your Online Investments Against Fraud »