FINRA Investor Alerts
Periodically releases timely investor alerts. These alerts will give you the information you need to protect your money and avoid scams and other investing problems.
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Understanding Risk (April 25, 2007)
Investing always means taking a risk, but not every investment carries the same level—or even the same type—of risk. For most people, risk means a possible loss of principal. But the risk of investing in insured products introduces the possibility that your rate of return won't outpace the rate of inflation. In other words, your account balance might increase over time, but your buying power might decrease anyway.
Seniors Beware: What You Should Know About Life Settlements (February 8, 2007)
Lately, more and more seniors are hearing about opportunities to sell their existing life insurance for cash in transactions known as life settlements. A life settlement, or senior settlement, as they are sometimes called, involves selling an existing life insurance policy to a third party — a person or an entity other than the company that issued the policy — for more than the policy's cash surrender value, but less than the net death benefit.
Savings Plans — School Yourself Before You Invest (November 7, 2006)
We all want to get our money's worth. This is true when it comes to paying for a college education — but it's also true when it comes to investing for higher education. Since 1997, investors have had the opportunity to contribute to Section 529 college savings plans, which offer tax advantages that have made them a popular investment vehicle for saving for college. The good news is that there is no shortage of college savings plans to choose from — especially given the fact that in many cases you do not need to be a resident of a state to invest in that state's college savings plan. But select with care! Virtually no two plans are the same.
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