investments

Check your broker’s background with free BrokerCheck tool

Before working with a broker or other financial professional, the first thing you should do is make sure that person is licensed to sell you an investment. You can do this by using BrokerCheck®, a free online tool from the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA). Continue Reading >

Blog Topic: 
Investing

NAACP Hosts Series of Financial Planning Workshops

Join the NAACP Washington, DC Branch for a series of financial management workshops on Saving & Investment, Retirement, Estate Planning and College Planning.  These workshops are free and open to the public. Continue Reading >

Outsmarting Investment Fraud

We've all heard it before: "If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is." But the trick is figuring out when "good" becomes "too good." Investment fraud criminals make their living by making themselves and their schemes sound legitimate. Continue Reading >

Blog Topic: 
Investing, Scam Alerts

Promoting due diligence: NFA offers more tools for investors to conduct background checks

As more individual investors consider adding futures and off-exchange foreign currency (forex) trading to their investment portfolios, it's essential that they find out as much as they can about a firm before opening a trading account. That’s why National Futures Association (NFA) has been working diligently during the past year to upgrade our investor research capabilities in an effort to provide greater transparency for futures investors and assist them in conducting due diligence. Continue Reading >

Blog Topic: 
Investing

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 >

Blog Topic: 
Investing