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Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Investment Resources - 5 Organizations You Should Bookmark & Know About

Have you searched the internet for free investment information and resources? There is a lot to wade through. We're here to help.
Below you will find 5 organizations that you may not have heard of but have tons of resources and information. Check them out and bookmark if you like what you see.

Washington Department of Financial Institutions (DFI)
Our first stop is DFI. Yes, that’s us. DFI is responsible for regulating and licensing investment professionals in Washington State. DFI is committed to investor education and has a very active education and outreach program.

Before you invest, check whether an investment, investment professional or firm is registered in Washington by calling DFI at 360-902-8700 or 1-877-RING DFI (746-4334). If you are not a Washington resident, check with your local securities administrator.

What’s so great about DFI’s investor education program? DFI has free publications for Washington residents who are interested in learning more about investing. If you’re looking for a speaker for your classroom, organization, or event, DFI’s staff may be able to come speak. DFI’s presentations are informative and interactive.

Also, our Web site is chalked full of information about investment fraud, different types of investments, and where to turn for help.

Free Investment Publications
Investor Education Web Site

Contact: Lyn Peters (360) 902-8731

Financial Regulatory Authority (FINRA)The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), is the largest non-governmental regulator for all securities firms doing business in the United States.

Using the internet, the media and public forums, FINRA helps investors build their financial knowledge and provide them with essential tools to better understand the markets and basic principles of saving and investing.

FINRA's Investor Education Web Site

North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA)
NASAA is the oldest international investor protection organization. Today, NASAA membership consists of 67 state and provincial securities regulators throughout North America. NASAA’s Investor Education Section develops, coordinates, delivers, and supports financial education initiatives that can be used by securities regulators in their on-going efforts to improve the level of financial literacy in their jurisdictions.

NASAA’s Web site is a great resource with a large amount of information and resources.

NASAA's Web Site

Investor Protection Trust (IPT)
The IPT provides independent, objective information to help consumers make informed investment decisions. IPT’s Web site is a must visit and has engaging information that will help you make wise investment decisions. The IPT also sponsors Money Track, a fresh new public television series about finance and investing that features real people.

Investor Protection Web Site
Money Track Videos

Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)
The SEC oversees the key participants in the securities world, including securities exchanges, securities brokers and dealers, investment advisors, and mutual funds.

The SEC’s Office of Investor Education and Advocacy provides investors with a variety of services and tools. The SEC’s Web site features information, alerts, tips, publications, calculators and more.

SEC Office of Investor Education