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Improve your investing strategy with these important tips, lists, and guides on preventing fraud and smarter investing from the Office of Customer Education and Outreach. For the latest information on CFTC Enforcement Actions, visit the Enforcement Action Press Release page.

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Mobile apps make finance more convenient than ever. You can check your holdings, your daily earnings, or make a trade while waiting for a table at your favorite restaurant, all from the palm of your hand. Unfortunately, anytime there is money…
Money Smart Week, Ben Frankling Winking
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On April 24, the CFTC’s Office of Customer Education and Outreach will join the National Futures Association, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s Office of Investor Education and Advocacy and the FINRA Investor Education Foundation for a…
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Checking to make sure a financial professional is registered is a good way to help avoid fraud. It also is your key to knowing that if fraud or other problems come up, you may have a way to resolve the dispute. The CFTC’s Reparations Program…
Money Show
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The CFTC SmartCheckSM team will be at The MoneyShow Orlando to talk to investors and help them run background checks on their financial professionals. Attendees can find us in the exhibit hall at Booth #613. Stop by and pick up helpful materials or…
Traders Expo NY
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The CFTC SmartCheckSM team will be at The Traders Expo in New York to talk to attendees and help them run background checks on their financial professionals and firms. You can find us in the exhibit hall at Booth #204. Stop by and pick up helpful…
2017 resolve to protect
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Many people make New Year’s resolutions about money, but few resolve to stay on guard against fraud. That’s because, for the most part, people believe it will never happen to them. Unfortunately, it can and does. According to the Financial Fraud…
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    Jumping into a commodity pool is one of several ways you can trade in commodity futures markets.   A commodity pool is a shared private pool of money from multiple participants to speculate in futures, swaps, or options markets. The…
Gold Bars Danger Sign
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Maybe you’ve seen the commercials on TV, videos on the Internet, or received something in the mail. They predict economic instability and use graphs of past performance to “prove” gold, silver, or some other precious metal is not only your safest…
Dollar Symbols
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Off-exchange foreign currency trading, also called forex, is very risky. Beyond the general volatility between currency prices that any trader could face, fraud is prevalent in the market. In 2010, the then Chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading…
Stop hand
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Today, a substantial number of binary options, a type of options contract in which the payout will depend entirely on the outcome of a yes/no proposition, are traded through online trading platforms. These trades often do not comply with U.S.…

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