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Links of Interest to All Investors:


  • The Investor Protection Trust (IPT) provides information to consumers to help them make informed investment decisions. The site provides separate links for retirees and people close to retirement.

  • Better Business Bureaus across the United States provide reports on business firms, charity groups and organizations should be consulted before making an investment.

  • North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA) is an international organization devoted to investor protection. It provides a number of investor tips, and an introduction to the most common types of schemes, scams, and fraud.

  • The Security Industry Association's investor education Web site provides investing basics, financial tools, and insights from industry experts.

  • The goal of the Alliance for Investor Education is to facilitate greater understanding of investing, investments and the financial markets among investors of all ages.

  • The American Savings Education Council (ASEC) undertakes initiatives to raise public awareness about personal financial independence. ASEC developed a Ballpark Estimate worksheet to help identify approximately how much in savings is needed to fund a comfortable retirement.



    Special Links for Seniors:


  • AARP is the leading nonprofit, nonpartisan membership organization for people age 50 and over in the United States.

  • Seniorworld is an online newsletter geared towards seniors' interests.

  • Top ten self-defense tips for older investors, compiled by the California Department of Corporations.

  • The Social Security Administration's Retirement Planner provides detailed information about Social Security retirement benefits under current law.



    Information and Tips Regarding Investment Fraud:


  • Seniors Against Investment Fraud, California Department of Corporations.

  • U.S. Security and Exchange Commission, Information on Internet Investment Scams.

  • Federal Trade Commission staff reports on Investment Fraud.

  • Investment Fraud Info Center provides resources to research brokerage fraud and legal rights associated with investment fraud.

  • Federal Citizen Information Center of the U.S. General Services Administration.

  • A collection of Internet Fraud Preventive Measures, compiled by the Internet Fraud Complaint Center.


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