Skip to Content

5 Tips for Investing Safely in 2021

January 7, 2021 Blog

Whether it is your New Year’s resolution to start investing or you are hoping to grow your existing portfolio in 2021, it is important to make sure that you invest safely. With this in mind, here are five tips from our investment fraud attorneys  for individuals who are planning to invest in 2021:

Tip #1: Make Sure You Know Your Investment Broker or Advisor

As an investor, one of the most important steps you can take to protect yourself is to make sure you know your investment broker or advisor. Get referrals from friends or family members, use FINRA BrokerCheck, and make sure you feel confident that the person you choose is capable of helping you make informed decisions and will only provide investment recommendations with your best interests in mind.

Tip #2: Read All Materials You are Provided, and Do Your Own Research

While it is important to be able to rely on the advice of an experienced investment professional, it is also important to do your own research. As a result, you should take the time to read all materials you are provided, and you should do your own research prior to investing. When researching investments online, however, be wary of the fact that some people use social media and other platforms to promote false and misleading information.

Tip #3: Regularly Review Your Account Statements

Another way you can protect yourself as an individual investor is to regularly review your account statements. When reviewing your statements, pay particular attention to any unexpected fees or trades, and raise questions about any activity that you did not approve or that you do not understand.

Tip #4: Be Wary of Unsolicited Investment Offers and Promotions

From direct messages on social media to cold calls from boiler rooms, you should be extremely skeptical of any unsolicited communications you receive regarding investment offers or promotions. These are very frequently scams, and legitimate investment advisors and brokers do not solicit investments from people they don’t know by social media, phone or email.

Tip #5: Know the Warning Signs for Investment Fraud

Finally, as there is a reasonable likelihood that you will encounter at least one fraudulent investment offer during 2021 (if not several), it is a good idea to familiarize yourself with the warning signs for investment fraud. While some of these are fairly obvious (such as unsolicited offers, as we just discussed), scam artists are becoming increasingly sophisticated, and investment scams are increasingly becoming much more targeted:

Speak with a Securities Fraud Lawyer for Free

Our securities fraud lawyers represent individual investors nationwide in FINRA arbitration and class action lawsuits. If you believe that you may be a victim of investment fraud, you should seek help promptly, and we encourage you to call 212-742-1414 or contact us online for a free and confidential consultation.

Client Reviews

“Jake Zamasky and his colleagues represented me in a FINRA arbitration case against a large multinational bank and succeeded in obtaining an award for the full amount of my investment losses. I would highly recommend the Zamansky firm for their experience in securities litigation, their level of detailed research and case preparation, and their ability to effectively fight for what’s right.”

Richard R.

“Throughout my entire case, Jake Zamansky was incredibly responsive and spent time walking me through each step of the process. He is professional and worked with my challenging schedule, even meeting with me nights and on weekends. He knew exactly which turn to take when it came to my case and yet was respectful of any decisions I wanted to make resulting in a positive outcome.”

Donald A.

“Jake Zamansky and his firm represented me in a FINRA arbitration case to recover investment losses. Jake and his team were very professional and worked very hard preparing for trial and then reaching a substantial settlement of our case. I would highly recommend them.”

William E.

“Jake Zamansky represented me in a FINRA arbitration case which allowed me to recover a substantial portion of investment losses. He is truly an expert in this space and I would highly recommend him to those investors who may have been been a victim of investment fraud.”

Chris K.

“Jake and his team did a great job communicating with me throughout the process of my lawsuit. I would recommend him to anyone looking to sue UBS for unethical practices.”

Mike A.
View More