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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.

Telltale Signs of Fraud

Telltale Signs of Fraud

Investor Articles / Published on September 27, 2017 provides tips, articles, and resources to help you make informed investment decisions. No matter what your investment strategy is, identifying and avoiding fraud is an essential key to success. Taking the time to learn the signs can sa...

 SmartCheck Month

Your Guide to CFTC SmartCheck Month

Investor Articles / Published on September 25, 2017

The CFTC is celebrating SmartCheck Month to ensure you have the most current information and tools to enhance your investment knowledge. During the month we will share essential tips, real-life stories, and connect you with events to help you become...

Back to School

Back to School: Learn to Trade Futures and Options Without Getting Scammed

Investor Articles / Published on September 13, 2017

If you search online to learn how to trade futures or options, you’ll find dozens of seminars, web courses, and training software. But while there are many useful resources available, there are also plenty of instructors promising expertise and resul...

SmartCheck Month

Join Us this October for SmartCheck Month

Investor Articles / Published on August 9, 2017

The U.S. Commodity Futures and Trading Commission (CFTC) is celebrating October as SmartCheck Month. During the month, we will share essential tips, feature real-life stories, and connect investors with events to help them realize and secure the fina...


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...