FINRA Investor News


March 2014


Investor Alerts


Bitcoin: More than a Bit Risky


Investor Alert: Bitcoin: More than a Bit RiskyFINRA is issuing this alert to caution investors that buying and using digital currencies such as Bitcoin carry risks Speculative trading in bitcoins comes with significant risk. There is also the risk of fraud related to companies claiming to offer Bitcoin payment platforms and other related products and services.




Beware of False Claims of SEC Registration


Investor Alert: Beware of False Claims of SEC RegistrationThe U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's (SEC) investor education office has issued an alert about potentially fraudulent investment schemes involving people or firms misrepresenting that they're registered with the SEC. You should be careful to check the background, including license and registration status, of any person who tries to sell you an investment.



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5 Tips to Achieve Greater Financial Stability


Podcast: 6 Tips for Working with Your Investment ProfessionalWith the unemployment rate slowly falling, many Americans are trying to get their financial lives back on track. To help, we've come up with five tips for building a brighter financial future. They're based on the findings of the FINRA Investor Education Foundation’s National Financial Capability Study of more than 25,000 Americans.


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3/18/14 – FINRA and BATS Order Citigroup Global Markets Inc. to Pay $1.1 Million for Illegal Short Selling In Advance of Five Public Offerings and for Related Supervisory Violations


3/12/14 – FINRA Fines Triad Advisors and Securities America a Total of $1.2 Million for Consolidated Reporting Violations


2/24/14 – FINRA Fines Berthel Fisher and Affiliate, Securities Management & Research, $775,000 for Supervisory Failures Related to Sales of Non-Traded REITs and Leveraged and Inverse ETFs



FINRA Investor Education Foundation: 23% of millenials say they're satisfied with their personal financial condition.
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FINRA Foundation Study Finds that Millennials Face Financial Struggles


The FINRA Investor Education Foundation's new study, The Financial Capability of Young Adults—A Generational View finds that millennials display low levels of financial literacy, engage in problematic financial behaviors and show concern about their debt.


"Many millennials began their adult lives in the midst of the worst economic downturn in generations, and our survey reveals just how deeply and broadly the Great Recession has marked the financial lives of this generation of Americans," said FINRA Foundation President Gerri Walsh.


The study is based on data from the FINRA Foundation's National Financial Capability Study.



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