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The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority is dedicated to protecting investors. As the non-governmental regulator of U.S. securities firms, we know that the best protection is education. FINRA’s Alert Investor will discuss the timely financial issues and information you’ll need to save smarter and weather today's turbulent stock markets. Alert Investor will also help you protect your portfolio by reporting trends in investment fraud and other traps investors at all wealth and experience levels should avoid.
||Educate Yourself About Education Savings Accounts||When it comes to saving for a child's college education, you have many choices. If you’re thinking about opening an ESA, here are five things to consider.||Free||View In iTunes|
||Reverse Mortgages Are Not Free Money||Advertisements for reverse mortgages can give the false impression that they are an easy, cost-free way for retirees to finance vacations and leisurely lifestyles. But reverse mortgages aren’t free money, and misusing them—or misunderstanding how they||Free||View In iTunes|
||What You Should Know About Automated Investment Tools||At the swipe of a fingertip or the click of a mouse, you can access a broad range of automatic investment tools. Financial professionals have used auto tools for decades to help customers build and manage investment portfolios, and a growing number of the||Free||View In iTunes|
||FINRA's 2015 Regulatory and Examination Priorities Part 4||Part four of this six-part series covers sales practice priorities like senior investors and anti-money laundering.||Free||View In iTunes|
||What You Should Know About Student Loans||College is an expensive investment for many families and students. And its cost seems to outpace inflation every year. For students and parents eligible for financial aid, student loans are likely to be part of most college aid packages. If you take out a||Free||View In iTunes|
||What You Need to Know About Retirement and Taxes||Uncle Sam encourages you to save for retirement with tax-deferred and salary reductions plans, like IRAs and 401(k)s. It’s important to know the tax consequences of the income you get from these plans and any pensions you may be entitled to when you ret||Free||View In iTunes|
||How to Protect Your Money from Cyber Thieves||Computer security experts point out that economic cyber-crime continues to surge. Phishing attacks have increased significantly since they were first discovered in 2005. These scams typically use bogus emails to lure you into giving the scammers your pers||Free||View In iTunes|
||5 Things You Should Know about Securities Professionals||Maybe you use the services of a securities professional, like a broker or investment adviser, or are thinking about contacting one. Maybe you’ve wondered what it takes to become a securities professional. We’ve put together a list of five things you s||Free||View In iTunes|
||5 Things You Need to Know About Mutual Funds||Mutual funds are a popular way to invest in securities. Some people find they offer certain advantages over buying individual stocks and bonds. But not all mutual funds are the same. And—as with any security—mutual fund investments involve risks, like||Free||View In iTunes|
||Here’s What Happens When You Invest in Stocks||After sitting on the sidelines for several years, more and more individual investors are gradually returning to the stock market. Now may be a good time to figure out how stocks work if you’re interested in investing. Keep in mind that past performance||Free||View In iTunes|