Free Investor Publications

Download PDFs or order printed copies of FINRA's educational publications and other materials free of charge.

Financial Fraud Research Center

A joint project of the Stanford Center on Longevity and the FINRA Foundation with the primary purpose is to collect, direct and disseminate research that gets to the root causes of financial fraud and how to detect and prevent it.

Protect Yourself and Others From Fraud

Investment fraud criminals use sophisticated tactics to get people to part with their money. So it's important to learn about the red flags of financial fraud. SaveAndInvest.org offers unbiased information and strategies to help you avoid investment fraud.

Taking Action to Recover from Fraud

Taking Action to Recover from Fraud


If you are a victim of financial fraud, you may be coping with the aftermath of a compromised identity, damaged credit and financial loss, and a painful range of emotions. It is critical that you report the crime as quickly as possible. The FINRA Foundation and the National Center for Victims of Crime created a series of Taking Action: Victim Recovery Checklists to provide step-by-step guidance to help you reclaim power from the fraudsters and move forward toward recovery.
   Non-Traditional Costs of Financial Fraud

The Costs of Fraud Extend Well Beyond Money


The FINRA Investor Education Foundation's new research report, Non-Traditional Costs of Financial Fraud, offers an in-depth look at financial fraud from the victim’s perspective—how victims experienced the incident, their reactions to the fraud and the potential indirect financial costs and non-financial, psychological and emotional consequences of having been victimized. Check out this study and other research at our Research and Resources page.

Free DVD

"Trick$ of the Trade"

Order your free copy of "Trick$ of the Trade: Outsmarting Investment Fraud." Seen on PBS stations nationwide, this FINRA Foundation documentary uncovers the psychology of a scam and reveals ways to protect yourself and others.

Ask and Check

Before You Invest, Ask and Check

Learn what to ask when approached to buy an investment and how to verify if both the seller and the product are registered.

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Meet Our Partners

Washington State Department of Financial Institutions

The Washington State Department of Financial Institutions (DFI) regulates a variety of financial service providers such as banks, credit unions, mortgage brokers, consumer loan companies, payday lenders, and securities brokers and dealers. In addition to posting information about licensees and administrative actions, DFI’s Web site features consumer tips on a variety of financial fraud-related topics and the agency promotes financial literacy through a variety of media and outreach events and activities. The mission of the DFI Securities Division is "To protect the investing public and promote confidence in the capital markets." This mission is accomplished through a variety of regulatory and enforcement tools from reviewing offerings and licensing investment professionals to investigating complaints and bringing enforcement actions.

Learn more about our partners.