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Four things to do before making any financial decisions

Making financial decisions can be confusing and overwhelming, to the point that you do nothing to prepare for your financial future. Don’t fall victim to that feeling; take these steps to protect your hard-earned money and give you financial peace of mind:

Set a goal. Just as if you were shopping for a car, know what features you want to have in your credit card, investment, budgeting spreadsheet or any other financial resource. Establish how you want to use this particular resource and keep that goal in mind. Continue Reading >

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Remember when you made that promise to yourself to get a better handle on your finances this year? Well April is the perfect time to reassess your progress on your money goals as part of Financial Literacy Month.

Not sure where to start? Then let us help you!

Start by ordering USA.gov’s free Financial Foundations Toolkit to get the advice and confidence you need to make sound money decisions. This toolkit will teach you: Continue Reading >

Seize the power – know your rights!

Knowledge is power, and if you want to understand the retirement or health care benefits provided by your employer, the Employee Benefits Security Administration has the knowledge you need.

EBSA oversees millions of retirement, health and other private employment-based benefit plans. We develop regulations, enforce the law, and assist and educate workers covered by these benefit plans – as well as employers, plan officials and service providers. Continue Reading >

Your First Line of Defense

We’re all consumers and information is the first line of defense in the marketplace. Everyone can benefit from amping up their consumer know-how and getting the inside skinny on avoiding scams. That’s true for servicemembers, veterans, and their families, too. And that’s the spirit behind Military Consumer Protection Day, July 17. The FTC, the Department of Defense, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, and Military Saves have teamed up for this first ever MCPD to kick off a year-round campaign to empower the military and veteran communities. Continue Reading >

Going Mobile

If you want easy access to reliable consumer tips and advice while you’re on-the-go, check out the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) new mobile-friendly navigation for our library of consumer information. You’ll have ready access to more than 1,000 helpful articles, videos, and audio tipsContinue Reading >

Guest Post: LawHelp.org Offers Legal Help to Consumers

Each year, thousands of people will face a consumer problem with a legal dimension – for example homeowners dealing with loan modification scams, or people with debts incurred because of identity theft or a medical emergency. Finding help with these issues can be challenging, and for families with limited means, a single incident of identity theft or being victimized by a scam can wipe out hard-earned resources and put their financial stability at risk.  Continue Reading >

NFA to shine a spotlight on fraud during Money Smart Week

Crime, especially in comic books, is said to never sleep. And like Batman, who is well-versed in combating endless streams of criminals, the National Futures Association (NFA) is similarly committed to helping consumers fight against fraud at all times. To this end, for the seventh straight year, NFA will present a series of seminars during Money Smart Week, a nationwide public awareness campaign designed to help consumers better manage their personal finances. Continue Reading >

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FTC Annual Highlights

Springtime: For us here at FTC headquarters, it means warm weather, cherry blossoms on the National Mall, and the publication of the agency’s Annual Highlights. Take a look at our highlights for the past year, presented in an interactive format, and find out how the FTC: Continue Reading >

How to Spot and Beat Fraud in the Commodities Markets

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) is the federal government agency that regulates the commodity futures, commodity options, and swaps trading markets. There has been a sharp rise in trading fraud in recent years. Much of the fraud involves foreign currency trading, precious metals, and commodity pools. Following is information about these offers and simple ways to spot the ones that could be scams.

There are several signs of possible fraudulent sales pitch: Continue Reading >

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Investing, Scam Alerts

Things to Know if You Are About to Trade Commodities

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) is the federal government agency that regulates the commodity futures, commodity options, and swaps trading markets. To help fight fraud, Congress established the CFTC Customer Protection Fund in 2010 and the agency created an Office of Consumer Outreach in 2011. While most individuals do not trade in the commodities markets, the CFTC’s Office of Consumer Outreach has information for those that do.

Always follow these basic principles before you trade in the commodities markets: Continue Reading >

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