"How-To" Videos

The FINRA Investor Education Foundation has developed a series of short "how-to" videos to help you spot investment scams and learn how to manage your money with confidence. More videos are in the works and are coming soon.

How to Participate in the TSP



The Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) is a retirement savings and investment plan for federal employees, including service members, that works like a 401(k). See how you can sign-up and start building your retirement security. Learn more about the TSP.


How to Save For College


You can save enough money to send your children to college—it just takes planning, discipline and an understanding of your options. Watch our short video to see what they are, so you can choose the best one for your family. Read more about saving for college.


How to Build a Budget


No clue where your money goes every month? Wish you could save more? A budget—or spending plan—can help you figure out your priorities and get your finances on track. To create one, follow these simple steps. Learn more about tracking your spending and starting a spending plan.


How to Control Your Credit


It's difficult to imagine functioning in modern life without a credit card. But easy credit can lead to financial hardship. Here are some simple ways to control your spending and pay down your balances. Learn more about credit cards, managing debt, and credit scores.


How to Participate in the Military’s SDP


Deployment to a combat zone carries risks. However, while deployed, you can earn 10 percent interest on your savings of up to $10,000, through the Savings Deposit Program (SDP). Watch this video to learn how to make your money work hard for you while fighting for your country. Learn more about deployment and PCS, and the Savings Deposit Program (SDP).


Spot Investment Scams in Six Simple Steps


Watch this video to learn the red flags of investment fraud and how to check the legitimacy of an investment product or professional. Three minutes could save you from making a big financial mistake. Learn more about avoiding investment fraud.