Resolution Reminder: Don’t Lose Your Money to Fraudsters

If you’ve been following our Resolution Reminders series this month, you’ve certainly gained some investment know how.  But what good is all that knowledge if you can’t distinguish between a legitimate investment and a fraud.  For our final Resolution Reminder quick tip, learn how to Guard Against Investment Fraud.

Investing in the Proper Investment Professional

By Scott Evans, Spring 2014 Student Intern

Making financial decisions can be scary, particularly for those unfamiliar with the process.  As a result, many turn to investment professionals that specialize in those types of decisions.  However, investment professionals can wear many different hats, and the differences between each can be subtle.  In order to help investors identify the type of investment professional best suited to their needs, we’ve put together an overview of several types of investment professionals. Continue reading

Resolution Reminder: Financial Fitness

In addition to resolving to save and invest, we hear that several of you have made a resolution to get in better shape this year.  So, for today’s quick tip, we want to focus on a different type of fitness than shedding a few pounds.  Let’s learn how to be financially fit by listening to this FINRA Six Simple Strategies for Financial Fitness podcast.

Meet Student Intern Scott Evans

evansScott Evans, from Peachtree City, Georgia, is a student intern in the Investor Advocacy Clinic’s spring 2014 semester.  Evans is a graduate of the University of Georgia.

According to Evans, the Clinic’s work is important because

“we help solve our clients’ problems, providing legal services to small investors who might have no other way to get help.”

Upon graduation from the College of Law, Evans will work in the environmental law field.

Deciphering the Alphabet Soup of Professional Designations

By: Timothy Guilmette, Spring 2014 Student Intern

CAA, CAMS, CEP, CFP, CPA…

alphabet soupIf you are like me you make some basic assumptions about the alphabet soup following a professional’s name.  For instance, those designations cost a lot of time and money to obtain, and must be the direct result of arduous academic pursuits or years of professional experience.  And, these individuals must be more equipped to meet my needs over someone without them. Why else would one go through all the time and effort.  Like most, both of these assumptions are fraught with inaccuracies, but they do highlight two important issues for investors – what are professional designations and how do I research them? Continue reading

Resolution Reminder: Slow and Steady

We’ve learned a lot during our month of resolution reminders, from how to get started through the different types of investments that are out there.  Today’s quick tip is to slow down.  According to FINRA, we make better investment choices when we take our time making decisions.  Learn why with this Think Slow for Better Investment Decisions podcast.