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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.

SmartCheck Month

Share the Knowledge During SmartCheck Month

Investor Articles / Published on August 9, 2017

Choosing who you give your money to is just as important as how to invest it, maybe more so. That’s why the U.S. Commodity Futures and Trading Commission (CFTC) is recognizing October as SmartCheck Month. If you make a losing investment decision, y...


A Golden Investment Rule: Check before Investing in Gold, Silver and Other Precious Metals

Investor Articles / Published on June 29, 2017

People don’t like to think they could fall for investment scams. We’re too smart, too savvy. We were diligent about our research. But the truth is fraudsters invest a lot of time in manufacturing a convincing façade. The best way to help protect your...


Consider It a Father’s Day Gift: Ways to Speak to Your Parents about Avoiding Fraud

Investor Articles / Published on June 16, 2017

Talking about money is never easy, especially with family and friends. When someone has dedicated years of hard work to building wealth and are confident in their financial decision-making abilities, they might not believe fraud could happen to them....

Social Media Fraud

Financial Scammers Flock to Social Media

Investor Articles / Published on May 31, 2017

You might be curious about new trading opportunities. You might even take to Facebook and find an online group focused on discussions of binary options, forex, and/or trading  “signals” or systems that tell you when to buy and sell. You see a lot of...

RED List

CFTC Adds 71 New Names to RED List

Investor Articles / Published on April 27, 2017

We recently added 71 new names to our Registration Deficient (RED) List, a resource that helps traders identify foreign entities that are not registered with the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), but appear to be operating in a capacity th...