The SEC’s Office of Investor Education and Advocacy designed Investor.gov with the individual investor in mind. Whether you are investing on your own, working with a financial professional, planning your retirement, or just interested in learning more about investing generally, Investor.gov can help you invest wisely and avoid fraud. Here are 10 specific ways you can use Investor.gov to become a more educated investor:
Learn about common types of investment fraud, including those found online and in social media, and simple steps to avoid these scams.
Use this interactive roadmap to define your investing goals, figure out your finances, and learn about investment options, with useful tips and fact-filled stops along the way.
Find a variety of publications and research studies on a wide range of investing-related topics from the SEC’s Office of Investor Education and Advocacy.
Find and use the information that companies offering stocks, bonds, or other securities for sale to the public must provide to investors. Get tips on how to read public company filings, including the annual report on Form 10-K and the Current Report on Form 8-K.
Find the tools to help you calculate your net worth, determine whether you are on track for retirement, estimate your future social security benefits, and find your required minimum distributions for 401(k) and IRA plans. You can also find resources to help you understand the fees associated with mutual funds and analyze 529 college savings plan expenses.
The Office of Investor Education and Advocacy has provided this information as a service to investors. It is neither a legal interpretation nor a statement of SEC policy. If you have questions concerning the meaning or application of a particular law or rule, please consult with an attorney who specializes in securities law.