SEC Offers Many Resources for the Military on Investor.org

By the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s Office of Investor Education & Advocacy

Learning how to make informed investing decisions and avoid common scams can make a big difference in your later years. With a basic understanding of investment options and how scam artists work, you can avoid fraud and grow your hard-earned money.

Investor.gov offers on-line publications to help military personnel make smart investment choices and avoid fraud:

  • Savings and Investing Basics for Military Personnel
  • How to Check Out Your Financial Professional
  • How to Open a Brokerage Account
  • Be on the Lookout for Advance Fee Fraud
  • Social Media and Investing—Stock Rumors
  • 10 Red Flags That an Unregistered Offering May Be a Scam

Find information to help you understand the vast array of investment options, including:

  • Variable Annuities—An Introduction
  • Target Date Retirement Funds
  • Exchange-Traded Funds (ETFs)
  • Municipal Bonds: Understanding Credit Risk
  • Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs)
  • Investing in an IPO

On Investor.gov, you can also find:

  • Ways to Help You Save
  • Issues to Consider When Leaving the Military
  • Tools to Check Your Financial Professional
  • Sources for Researching Companies
  • Calculators for Compound Interest, Mutual Fund Expenses and 401(k)/IRA Distributions

Stay Informed:

Military Resources at: Investor.gov/employment-retirement/ employment/military-service

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If you encounter a problem with an investment or have a question, please contact the SEC’s Office of Investor Education and Advocacy at: (800) 732-0330. You also can send an online complaint at www.sec.gov/complaint.shtml.

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