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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
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
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: 8/1/2010
This paper examines responses from a survey of 2,000 randomly selected mutual fund investors who purchased shares from six different distribution channels. The survey provides data on the demographic, financial, and fund ownership characteristics of mutual fund investors. It also provides data on More information...
Audience: Researcher
Type of Resource: Peer-reviewed
Tags: Mutual funds, Financial literacy, education
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: 10/1/2010
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: 9/1/2009
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: 2/18/2014
If you are starting a new job, this publication provides tips to help you save for your long-term goals in addition to your short-term goals. If you start saving now, the money will have years to grow and you'll have a better chance of being able to do all the things you want to do in the future. More information...
Audience: Individual
Type of Resource: Brochure
Tags: longevity risk, retirement risk, tax-deferred retirement account, ERISA, college seniors, new entrants
Date: 8/9/2013
A SIMPLE (Savings Incentive Match Plan for Employees of Small Employers) IRA plan offers advantages to small businesses with 100 or fewer employees and provides a simplified way to contribute toward retirement. This publication highlights the advantages of a SIMPLE IRA plan and how to set up and More information...
Audience: Individual
Type of Resource: Brochure
Tags: SIMPLE-IRA, ERISA, tax qualification, small business, contributions, fiduciary, trustee
Date: 8/9/2013
Many workers don't realize how important it is to get an early start on saving for retirement. This Department of Labor Employee Benefits Security Administration video provides information for workers about the importance of saving for retirement and how to get started. The video also has links to More information...
Audience: Individual
Type of Resource: Video Website
Tags: longevity risk, retirement risk, tax-deferred retirement account, ERISA, mid-career, new entrants, new job, college seniors
Date: 8/9/2013