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The SEC Office of Investor Education and Advocacy initiated a public service campaign in February 2016 focused on helping individuals protect themselves from investment fraud. The campaign reminds investors of the importance of checking the background and registration status of investment More information...
Audience: Individual
Date: 10/11/2016
Federal or state securities laws require brokers, investment advisers, and their firms to be licensed or registered, and to make important information public. But it's up to you to find that information and use it to protect your investment dollars. The good news is that this information is easy to More information...
Audience: Individual
Type of Resource: Website
Date: 4/5/2013
Drawing on a comprehensive review of academic journal articles, the report reviews patterns of investor behavior that may be suboptimal and factors that may lead to such patterns. role of behavioral finance from the perspective of prospect theory, overconfidence and human sentiment, as well as More information...
Audience: Researcher
Type of Resource: Report
Tags: Behavioral Economics
Date: 3/4/2013
Explains the difference between gold bullion and gold bullion coins. Offers tips to help people investigate before they invest, and lists tip-offs to rip-offs. Includes a glossary and resources for additional information. More information...
Audience: Individual
Type of Resource: Fact Sheet
Date: 2/22/2013
This paper analyzes new data on financial literacy and financial sophistication from the 2008 Health and Retirement Study. We show that financial literacy is lacking among older individuals and for the first time explore additional questions on financial sophistication which proves even scarcer. More information...
Audience: Researcher
Type of Resource: Working paper
Tags: Financial literacy
Date: 3/4/2013
Two competing explanations for why consumers have trouble with financial decisions are gaining momentum. One is that people are financially illiterate since they lack understanding of simple economic concepts and cannot carry out computations such as computing compound interest, which could cause More information...
Audience: Researcher
Type of Resource: Working paper
Tags: Behavioral economics, Financial literacy, financial education
Date: 3/4/2013
The SEC offers online publications that help seniors understand the vast array of investment products and how to avoid investment fraud. In-person presentations explain the red flags of investment fraud and how to check the background of investment professionals. More information...
Audience: Individual
Date: 10/11/2016
This annotated bibliography provides 52 abstracts of a representative sample of scholarly articles on the subject of the behavioral characteristics of U.S. investors, along with a glossary defining 72 terms commonly used in the literature on this topic. The researcher conducted searches in JSTOR, More information...
Audience: Researcher
Type of Resource: Literature review
Tags: Behavioral Economics
Date: 3/4/2013
MyRA (My Retirement Account) is a program offering a new retirement savings account for individuals looking for a simple, safe, and affordable way to start saving. Savers will be able to open an account with as a little as $25 and contribute $5 or more every payday. MyRAs balances will never go More information...
Audience: Individual
Type of Resource: Article
Tags: Savings, Retirement, Planning, Accounts
Date: 4/2/2015
This study used the 1992–2006 waves of the Health and Retirement Study (HRS) to investigate changes in risk tolerance levels over time in response to stock market returns. Findings indicate that risk tolerance tends to increase when market returns increase and decrease when market returns decrease. More information...
Audience: Researcher
Type of Resource: Peer-reviewed
Tags: Risk tolerance, Stocks
Date: 3/4/2013