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The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission and the Texas State Securities Board Team-Up For Free Investor Education Events

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To help investors take smart steps to check the backgrounds of financial professionals, representatives from the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) and the Texas State Securities Board (TSSB) will hold “SmartCheckSM Days” events on June 3, 4, and 5, 2015 at locations in Georgetown, Austin, and Plano, TX.

One of the biggest benefits of checking the background of financial professionals is to help avoid fraud. Most financial fraud is perpetrated by unregistered or unlicensed individuals, yet research shows that only 19 percent of investors confirm a financial professional’s certifications and only 17 percent check for past violations.

Investors, from beginners to the most seasoned, can drop by to learn how to conduct background checks and access other useful tools and information on SmartCheck.gov. The site also includes interactive videos that let visitors experience a financial sales pitch and make real-time choices about whether or not to invest. CFTC and TSSB representatives will be on hand to answer questions and provide tips on the best practices informed investors use.

Here’s a rundown of the events:

Details: SmartCheck Open Houses are FREE events featuring leading government agencies and consumer organizations answering questions and providing resources that consumers can use to protect their money and make smarter investment decisions. Attendees can just drop by or stay for a while. There will be information tables, presentations, interactive videos, and more.

What: SmartCheck Open House
Date: Wednesday, June 3, 2015
Time: 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Location: Sun City, 2 Texas Drive, Georgetown, TX

What: SmartCheck Open House
Date: Wednesday, June 3, 2015
Time: 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Location: Commons Learning Center, Building 137, Big Texas Auditorium, Room 1.102, 10100 Burnet Road, Austin, TX

What: SmartCheck Open House
Date: Thursday, June 4, 2015
Time: 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Location: Dallas/Plano Marriott at Legacy Town Center, Trinity Rooms 3-4, 7121 Bishop Road, Plano, TX

What: SmartCheck Open House
Date: Friday, June 5, 2015
Time: 10:00 a.m. – Noon
Location: Dallas/Plano Marriott at Legacy Town Center, Trinity Rooms 3-4, 7121 Bishop Road, Plano, TX

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