Credit Cards and Investing

By The Office of Investor Education and Advocacy, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission

Credit cards can be a convenient way to purchase goods and services. However, investors should understand that most licensed and registered investment firms do not allow their customers to use credit cards to buy investments or to fund an investment account.

Investing using a credit card has several risks:

Some other things to consider include:

We urge investors to work only with a licensed or registered investment professional or firm and not attempt to use a credit card to fund investments. Read more in the SEC’s full Investor Alert on credit cards and investing: https://www.investor.gov/additional-resources/news-alerts/alerts-bulletins/investor-alert-credit-cards-investments-risky.

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.


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