What is Your New Year’s Resolution?

As the countdown to 2014 nears, we are all getting ready for tomorrow’s inevitable question:  What is your New Year’s resolution?

This year, why not resolve to get your financial house in order, save and invest?  We’ll help by giving a daily resolution reminder with quick tips and links to get on the right track.  Visit us tomorrow and all through January to become an educated investor and make your financial resolution last.

If you’ve already resolved to focus on your finances in 2014, tell us about it.  What is your financial resolution?

Don’t know where to start?  Check out investor.gov’s Roadmap to Saving and Investing.  Be sure to do your homework:  map out your goals!

Still Searching for a Gift for the Grandkids?

giftGrandparents:  Are you still looking for the perfect gift for your grandchildren?  Why not give them a gift that they won’t outgrow?  This could be the year to help get them started on their financial future.  The New York Times has a great piece to give you some ideas.  Check it out: For Grandchildren, the Gift of Financial Awareness.

Additional Tools for Smart Investors

toolboxLast week we discussed starting your smart investing toolkit.  Our discussion focused on tools for evaluating investments.

But smart investing doesn’t end there.  In addition to researching investments, smart investors research financial professionals before they do business with them.  So, let’s add an additional weapon to our smart investing arsenal and focus how to evaluate  and choose an investment professional. Continue reading

Investor Advocacy Clinic Closed for Winter Break

The Georgia State University College of Law observes winter break from December 21 until January 5, 2013.  While we will continue to post to this blog, pursuant to University guidelines, our physical office will be closed and we will be unable to respond to inquiries during the break.  Please be aware that the passage of time can impact a potential claim.  If you have a legal concern while we are closed for the break, we urge you to contact another attorney.

Clinic Interns Engage in Outreach at Local Retirement Community

By: Dylan Donley, Michael McLaughlin, and Russ Stroud, Fall 2013 Student Interns

fwpresentationInvestor Advocacy clinic student interns made a presentation to more than 30 retirees at Huntcliff Summit, a senior living community in northern Atlanta. Student interns Cassandra Bradford, Ryan Browne, and James Gallagher created a presentation specifically targeted to residents of retirement facilities because research indicates that fraudsters frequently target mature investors. Continue reading

What’s in Your Investor Toolkit?

toolkitEarlier this week, we asked you to take a pop quiz to see if you were at risk of investment fraud.

Then we debunked a few myths by discussing why we are all at risk of investment fraud.

Today we focus on empowering investors by giving you the tools to build your own smart investor toolkit.  The tools we’ll discuss today deal with evaluating potential investments. Continue reading