Download Free Investor Publications

Electronic versions of FINRA's investor education publications are available below and listed by topic—including job loss, smart investing, investor alerts and research. Some are also available free of charge as printed documents. If you do not have the Adobe® Reader to view PDF files, please download the free plug-in.

After a Job Loss

Job Dislocation: Making Smart Financial Choices after a Job Loss

Smart Investing

These resources can help you build financial knowledge and better understand the markets and basic principles of saving and investing.

Early Retirement Seminars 101: Smart Tips for Spotting Retirement Scams


Get More Money Now: How to Have Better Credit and More Money for Things That Matter


Investor Knowledge Quiz online tool or Print Version (PDF 460 KB)


Smart 401k Investing online publication.

Smart Bond Investing online publication.


Smart Management of Retirement Income online publication.

Saving for College online publication.

Protect Yourself

Ask and Check

  • BrokerCheck: Learn more about BrokerCheck—a free tool FINRA developed for investors and others to gain convenient access to information about individual investment professionals and firms. (PDF 436 KB)

Avoid Investment Fraud

These tools and resources can help you to better understand and avoid investment fraud.

Fighting Fraud 101: Smart Tips for Investors

FINRA Investor Services

FINRA plays a critical role in safeguarding investors—by enforcing high ethical standards, bringing the necessary resources and expertise to regulation, and enhancing investor safeguards and market integrity—all at no cost to taxpayers. Find out more about FINRA's investor services in this guide.

  • Putting Investors First (PDF 2 MB)
  • FINRA Securities Helpline Card for Seniors—This card provides information about the FINRA Securities Helpline for SeniorsTM, a toll-free number that senior investors can call to get assistance from the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) or raise concerns about issues with brokerage accounts and investments.

How to File a Complaint

If you believe you have been defrauded or treated unfairly by a securities professional or firm, our Investor Complaint Center Brochure explains how to file a complaint and what to expect when you do.

Investor Alerts

These alerts can help you avoid problems in today’s complex world of investing—and help protect you and your family from investment scams.

Annuities and Insurance

Equity-Indexed Annuities: A Complex Choice

Seniors Beware: What You Should Know About Life Settlements

Should You Exchange Your Life Insurance Policy?

Should You Exchange Your Variable Annuity?

Variable Annuities: Beyond the Hard Sell

Frauds and Scams

Money Management

Mutual Funds and EFTs

Retirement Accounts

Trading Securities

Resources for Military Servicemembers and Their Families

Research