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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: 4/20/2017
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: 4/20/2017
Economic studies on households’ financial asset ownership and allocation have discussed the relationship between asset holdings and socioeconomic variables. The current research on asset ownership has been conducted with data from the country of China utilizing a random sample of 2080 Chinese More information...
Audience: Researcher
Type of Resource: Working paper
Tags: China
Date: 4/12/2017
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
CFTC SmartCheck is a campaign of the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC). It connects investors to tools to check the registration, license, and disciplinary history of certain financial professionals. This collection of tools allows the responsible investor to confirm the credentials More information...
Audience: Individual
Type of Resource: Guidance Tools Website
Tags: Investor, Education, Investor Education, Investing, Investment,
Date: 11/25/2014
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