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Investing Basics

Guiding Principles

Get on the path to saving and investing with these simple guidelines.


Knowing how to secure your financial well-being is one of the most important things you’ll ever need in life. You don’t have to be a genius to do it. You just need to know a few basics, form a plan, and be ready to stick to it. There is no guarantee that you’ll make money from investments you make. But if you get the facts about saving and investing and follow through with an intelligent plan, you should be able to gain financial security over the years and enjoy the benefits of managing your money. For more information, see the SEC’s publication Saving and Investing: A Roadmap To Your Financial Security Through Saving and Investing.

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Where can I go for help?


If you have a question or concern about an investment, or you think you have encountered fraud, contact the organizations below or your state securities regulator.