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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.

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...


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...