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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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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....

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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...

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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...


Beware of Binary Options Mobile Apps

Investor Articles / Published on April 26, 2017

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 invol...

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Join Us, NFA, SEC, and FINRA for Avoiding Fraud Webinar on Monday

Investor Articles / Published on April 21, 2017

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 webina...