Category: Financial Learning


It Pays to Understand Your Brokerage Account Statement

FINRA often reminds investors to review their brokerage account statements and trade confirmations—with good reason. Not only do these documents help you stay on top of your investment holdings, but they also provide valuable information that can alert you to errors, or even misconduct by your broker or brokerage firm such as unauthorized trading or overcharging customers for handling transactions. The accuracy of statements and trade confirmations is something securities regulators take very seriously.

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12 Common Mistakes Investors Make

Recognizing How to Avoid Missteps Is Often the Most Important Part of Creating a Successful Investment Program By repeatedly committing one or several common investment
mistakes, individual investors often prove to be their own worst enemy. Unfortunately, even seemingly simple missteps can, over time, have a dramatic impact on overall returns. Recently, CFA Institute, which administers the prestigious Chartered Financial Analyst® (CFA®) Program worldwide, asked selected members to share their perspectives on some of the most common and costly mistakes they witness individual investors make.

 

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SEC Conducts Financial Literacy Study

Study Regarding Financial Literacy Among Investors As Required by Section 917 of the
Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.

Highlights of the information gathered from the research include:
• Existing Level of Financial Literacy. Studies reviewed by the Library of Congress indicate that U.S. retail investors lack basic financial literacy. The studies demonstrate that investors have a weak grasp of elementary financial concepts and lack critical knowledge of ways to avoid investment fraud.

 

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Whithier Oil 2010

It seems like every summer I write about the price of gasoline. It is no coincidence that the months when consumer demand is the highest see the highest prices for gasoline, but don’t blame the gas station owners or franchisees. Big Oil companies, Wall Street speculators, and middle eastern sheikdoms drive the price of oil.

Back in March oil was $37.00 a barrel. On Friday, June 5 it briefly touched $70 to drop a few pennies and settle around $69. Usually we talk about markets ...

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The Thieves Are Smarter Than We Are

Bernie Madoff was a legend on Wall Street. He was an icon, regarded by many as one of the smartest investment minds on The Street. He was the Vice Chairman of the NASD—head of the regulatory oversight committee, a Member of the NASDAQ Board of Governors and on the Executive Committee of the NASDAQ OMX Group (Whatever that is). His clients numbered the most prestigious Foundations and Endowments and the best Corporations, along with some of the finest investment management firms in the country

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