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The SEC's Office of Investor Education and Advocacy regularly publishes educational content and participates in a variety of outreach events, all designed to help investors make better decisions and avoid fraud. Tune in to Investor.gov for news, alerts, and events that may be of interest to you.

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01/21/2015

The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced fraud charges and an asset freeze against a Fort Lauderdale, Florida-based investment advisory firm, its manager, and three related funds in a scheme that raised more than $17 million since November 2013. Read more: SEC Charges Investment Adviser and Manager in South Florida-Based Fraud

01/15/2015

The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced charges against attorneys, auditors, and others allegedly involved in a microcap scheme the agency stifled last year when it suspended the registration statements of 20 purported mining companies being used for sham offerings of stock to investors. Read more: SEC Announces Charges Against Attorneys and Auditors in Microcap Scheme Involving Purported Mining Companies

01/13/2015

The Securities and Exchange Commission today charged a man living in Ontario, Canada, with orchestrating a lucrative market manipulation scheme that relied on “layering” in which a trader places orders solely to trick others into buying or selling U.S. publicly traded stocks at artificially inflated or depressed prices. Read more: SEC Charges Canadian Man With Conducting Fraudulent Trading Scheme

01/12/2015

The SEC’s Office of Investor Education and Advocacy is issuing this Investor Bulletin to inform investors of features – and some potential risks – of structured notes. While structured notes may enable individual retail investors to participate in investment strategies that are not typically offered to them, these products can be very complex and have significant investment risks. Before investing in structured notes, you should understand how the notes work and carefully consider their risks. Read more: Investor Bulletin: Structured Notes

01/12/2015

The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced that two exchanges formerly owned by Direct Edge Holdings and since acquired by BATS Global Markets have agreed to pay a $14 million penalty to settle charges that their rules failed to accurately describe the order types being used on the exchanges. The penalty is the SEC’s largest against a national securities exchange, and the case is the SEC’s first principally focusing on stock exchange order types. Read more: SEC Charges Direct Edge Exchanges With Failing to Properly Describe Order Types