One of FINRA's main goals is to protect the investing public. These alerts provide you with information to help you avoid problems in today’s complex world of investing—and to help protect your and your family from investment scams.
The economic uncertainty of recent years continues to make this a challenging time for many consumers and investors. Military families are especially vulnerable due to regular PCS moves, interrupted spouse careers, and frequent deployments. The FINRA Investor Education Foundation has put together 5 tips that can help America’s military families successfully navigate turbulent conditions and keep your finances under control.
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Be wary of promotions touting stocks that claim to protect against the spread of viruses or other harmful diseases. Aggressive stock promotional tactics may signal a potentially fraudulent scheme.
Beware of promotions about certificates of deposit (CDs) promising interest rates that are substantially higher than current averages. FINRA has observed offers for "low-risk" products with outsized returns. Investors should be wary of unsolicited emails and calls that offer outsized interest from financial institutions, including banks and brokerage firms, particularly those with which you have not had a business relationship.
FINRA is issuing this alert to caution investors that buying and using digital currency such as Bitcoin carry risks. Speculative trading in bitcoins carries significant risk. There is also the risk of fraud related to companies claiming to offer Bitcoin payment platforms and other Bitcoin-related products and services.
If you are considering rolling over money from an employer plan into an IRA—or if you have been in contact with a financial professional to do so—follow these tips to decide whether an IRA rollover is right for you.