FINRA Launches New Website With Securities Fraud Tools and Resources for Investors
The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) recently launched a new website, and its new site includes a “For Investors” section that provides several useful tools and resources for individuals who invest directly through their own brokers and advisors. If you have questions about investment options or how to recover fraudulent investment losses, you can use FINRA’s free resources in addition to speaking with a securities fraud lawyer about your personal circumstances.
What is FINRA?
FINRA is a quasi-governmental entity that works alongside the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to regulate the retail investment market in the United States. In addition to overseeing and enforcing the federal broker registration requirements, FINRA also provides an arbitration forum for resolving investment fraud claims. Access to FINRA arbitration is crucial for investors, as it provides an efficient forum for those who have suffered fraudulent losses to seek to recoup their damages.
FINRA’s Investor Tools and Resources
Here is an overview of some of the tools and resources for investors that are available from FINRA:
1. FINRA BrokerCheck
FINRA BrokerCheck is not new, but it is a critical resource for investors. This tool allows investors to research their brokers (before or after utilizing their services), and to learn if they have any pending or prior complaints. You can also confirm a broker’s registration through FINRA BrokerCheck, and you can see their years of experience as well.
2. Choosing an Investment Professional
Do you know the difference between a broker and an investment advisor? If not, you should learn the difference before you invest. FINRA’s resource, Choosing an Investment Professional, provides explanations of these and other roles.
3. Key Investing Concepts
What factors should you consider before you invest? While your broker or advisor should help you make informed investment decisions based on your personal investment profile, this does not always happen. As an investor, it is important for you to learn as much as you can so that you can make smart decisions—and so that you can know when something goes wrong. FINRA’s Key Investing Concepts is a good place to start.
4. Types of Investments
As securities fraud lawyers, we routinely speak with individuals who have lost money in investments that they did not fully understand. Unfortunately, unscrupulous brokers and advisors will often take advantage of investors’ lack of knowledge in order to sell them high-risk investments. For an overview of some of the primary options that are available, you can read FINRA’s Types of Investments.
5. Protect Your Money
As an investor, it is important that you do everything you can to protect your investments—and this includes contacting a securities fraud lawyer when something goes wrong. For additional tips, you read the resources available here: Protect Your Money.
Speak with a Securities Fraud Lawyer at Zamansky LLC
Zamansky LLC is a securities fraud law firm that represents individual investors in FINRA arbitration. If you have lost money in your portfolio and suspect broker or investment advisor fraud, we encourage you to call 212-742-1414 or contact us online for a free consultation.