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Common Cents@Your Library and Smart Investing@Your Library: FINRA Investor Education Foundation

Common Cents@Your Library is a financial literacy information resource program provided by the Saratoga Springs Public Library. This GUIDE supports this program and is made possible by a grant from the FINRA Investor Education Foundation and the ALA.

FINRA Investor Education Foundation

The mission of the FINRA Investor Education Foundation is to provide underserved Americans with the knowledge, skills and tools necessary for financial success throughout life. The FINRA Foundation envisions a society characterized by universal financial literacy.

Established in 2003, the FINRA Foundation supports innovative research and educational projects aimed at segments of the investing public that could benefit from additional resources.


FINRA How to Spot and Investment Scam

Download Free FINRA Publications

Download Free Investor Publications from the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority

Electronic versions of FINRA's investor education publications are available below and listed by topic—including job loss, smart investing, investor alerts and research. Some are also available free of charge as printed documents. If you do not have the Adobe® Reader to view PDF files, please download the free plug-in.

After a Job Loss

Smart Investing
These resources can help you build financial knowledge and better understand the markets and basic principles of saving and investing.

Protect Yourself

Ask and Check

  • BrokerCheck: Learn more about BrokerCheck—a free tool FINRA developed for investors and others to gain convenient access to information about individual investment professionals and firms. (PDF 436 KB)

Avoid Investment Fraud
These tools and resources can help you to better understand and avoid investment fraud.

FINRA Investor Services
FINRA plays a critical role in safeguarding investors—by enforcing high ethical standards, bringing the necessary resources and expertise to regulation, and enhancing investor safeguards and market integrity—all at no cost to taxpayers. Find out more about FINRA's investor services in this guide.

How to File a Complaint

If you believe you have been defrauded or treated unfairly by a securities professional or firm, this brochure explains how to file a complaint and what to expect when you do.

Investor Alerts

These alerts can help you avoid problems in today’s complex world of investing—and help protect you and your family from investment scams.

Annuities and Insurance


Fauds and Scams

Money Management

Mutual Funds and EFTs

Retirement Accounts

Trading Securities

Resources for Military Servicemembers and Their Families


FINRA In The News

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