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  • American Savings Education Council (ASEC)
    Links to helpful sites about saving.

  • Arizona - Corporation Commission
    Each state has its own laws and regulations for securities brokers and for all types of securities, including stocks, mutual funds, commodities, real estate offerings, uninsured investment products sold by banks and others. The officials enforce these laws and regulations. State securities agencies are responsible also for preventing fraud and abuse in the sale of all but the largest securities offerings. If you have a…

  • Arkansas - Securities Division
    Each state has its own laws and regulations for securities brokers and for all types of securities, including stocks, mutual funds, commodities, real estate offerings, uninsured investment products sold by banks and others. The officials enforce these laws and regulations. State securities agencies are responsible also for preventing fraud and abuse in the sale of all but the largest securities offerings. If you have a…

  • Arkansas - State Bank Department
    The State Bank Department was created by Act 60 of 1913. The Department is charged with regulating the safety and soundness of state chartered, bank holding companies, commercial banks, industrial loan institutions, trust companies and Arkansas Capital Corporation, for which it serves as primary regulator, in order to assure public confidence in these institutions. These banks and other entities hold assets of over $33 billion.

  • Bankrate.com
    Excellent site offering almost daily updates on rates for mortgages, credit cards, auto loans, checking and savings accounts, home equity loans, ATM fees, as well as banking news.

  • California - Department of Business Oversight (DBO)
    The Department of Business Oversight (DBO) provides protection to consumers and services to businesses engaged in financial transactions. The DBO regulates a variety of financial services, products and professionals. The Department oversees the operations of state-licensed financial institutions, including banks, credit unions, money transmitters, issuers of payment instruments and travelers checks, and premium finance companies. Additionally, the Department licenses and regulates a variety of financial…

  • Financial Industry Regulatory Authority
    The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) is the largest independent regulator for all securities firms doing business in the United States. All told, FINRA oversees nearly 4,750 brokerage firms, about 167,000 branch offices and approximately 634,000 registered securities representatives. Created in July 2007 through the consolidation of NASD and the member regulation, enforcement and arbitration functions of the New York Stock Exchange, FINRA is dedicated…

  • Illinois - Securities Department
    The Illinois Securities Department is responsible for the regulation of the securities industry in Illinois and protection of investors by ensuring compliance with the law and investigating any complaints of fraud or improper practices. Administrative action taken by the department can be used to assist the investor if a civil action is filed.

  • Indiana - Securities Division, Office of the Secretary of State
    The Secretary of State’s office oversees Indiana’s securities industry as well as the activities of mortgage brokers, collection agencies, franchisors and continuing care retirement centers. It is the state agency responsible for effective investor protection and efficient capital formation in the State of Indiana. The Secretary of State’s office seeks to protect Hoosier investors and consumers by bringing enforcement actions against companies and individuals accused…

  • Iowa - Securities Bureau Enforcement Section
    Each state has its own laws and regulations for securities brokers and for all types of securities, including stocks, mutual funds, commodities, real estate offerings, uninsured investment products sold by banks and others. The officials enforce these laws and regulations. State securities agencies are responsible also for preventing fraud and abuse in the sale of all but the largest securities offerings. If you have a…

  • Maine - Office of Securities
    The Office of Securities protects Maine investors by investigating and prosecuting violations of the securities laws; licensing broker-dealers, agents, investment advisers, and investment adviser representatives; and reviewing registration statements and exemption filings for securities issuers that are seeking to sell in Maine.

  • Maryland - Office of the Attorney General Securities Division
    The primary mission of the Securities Division is to protect Maryland investors from investment fraud and misrepresentation.

  • Massachusetts - Securities Division
    The primary mission of the Massachusetts Securities Division is investor protection. Consistent with that mission, the division works to ensure a free and competitive securities market in Massachusetts, thereby increasing investor confidence, encouraging the formation of capital, and supporting the creation of new jobs in Massachusetts.

  • Michigan - Office of Financial and Insurance Regulation
    Each state has its own laws and regulations for securities brokers and for all types of securities, including stocks, mutual funds, commodities, real estate offerings, uninsured investment products sold by banks and others. The officials enforce these laws and regulations. State securities agencies are responsible also for preventing fraud and abuse in the sale of all but the largest securities offerings. If you have a…

  • Minnesota - Department of Commerce
    Each state has its own laws and regulations for securities brokers and for all types of securities, including stocks, mutual funds, commodities, real estate offerings, uninsured investment products sold by banks and others. The officials enforce these laws and regulations. State securities agencies are responsible also for preventing fraud and abuse in the sale of all but the largest securities offerings. If you have a…

  • Mississippi - Secretary of State's Office, Business Regulation and Enforcement
    The Regulation and Enforcement Division of the Secretary of State’s Office serves a variety of business-related interests. The Division registers and regulates scrap metal dealers and processors, the pre-need funeral industry, and perpetual care cemeteries. We examine businesses subject to our jurisdiction (funeral homes, cemeteries, scrap metal dealers) and issue fines and suspensions for violations of state law and regulations. Regulation and Enforcement also implements…

  • Missouri - Division of Finance
    The Missouri Division of Finance regulates state-chartered banks, trust companies, consumer credit facilities, mortgage brokers, and savings and loan institutions.

  • Missouri - Securities Division
    The Secretary of State, through the Securities Division, is responsible for protecting Missouri investors from fraud and for ensuring that firms and individuals that sell securities comply with the securities laws in the state. The division enforces the Missouri Uniform Securities Act, also known as the "Blue Sky Law."

  • Montana - Commissioner of Securities and Insurance
    The Commissioner of Securities and Insurance’s office is a criminal justice agency charged with protecting Montana’s consumers through insurance and securities regulation and also through informing the public about insurance and securities issues.

  • Morningstar
    Morningstar is a trusted source for insightful information on stocks, mutual funds, variable annuities, closed-end funds, exchange-traded funds, separate accounts, hedge funds, and 529 college savings plans

  • Motley Fool
    Offers stock quotes, news, charts and data, model portfolios, and personal finance advice.

  • Nevada - Securities Division, Office of the Secretary of State
    The Secretary of State Securities Division strives to ensure the integrity of the securities marketplace through investigative actions as well as the registration and/or oversight of securities, securities dealers and brokers, investment advisors and their representatives; to enhance legitimate capital formation; and to minimize the burden and expense of regulatory compliance by legitimate business.

  • New Hampshire - Bureau of Securities Regulation
    Each state has its own laws and regulations for securities brokers and for all types of securities, including stocks, mutual funds, commodities, real estate offerings, uninsured investment products sold by banks and others. The officials enforce these laws and regulations. State securities agencies are responsible also for preventing fraud and abuse in the sale of all but the largest securities offerings. If you have a…

  • New York - Investor Protection Bureau of NY State Attorney General
    The Investor Protection Bureau is charged with enforcing the New York State securities law, commonly known as the Martin Act. The Martin Act gives the Attorney General broad law-enforcement powers to conduct public and private investigations of suspected fraud in the offer, sale or purchase of securities. Where appropriate, the Attorney General may commence civil and criminal prosecutions under the Martin Act to protect investors.…

  • Nightly Business Report
    Public television’s Nightly Business Report’s website offers transcripts of breaking business and economic news, financial market coverage, mutual fund reports, CEO interviews, commentaries by noted economists, and investor education.

 
 
 

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