FINRA is issuing this Alert to warn investors to be wary of stock promotions sent through popular messaging apps such as WhatsApp that allow users to almost instantly exchange messages.
The recent decline in the Chinese stock market was quickly felt the world over, sending other markets tumbling and spiking volatility. We are re-issuing this Investor Alert—which was also published for investors around the world through the efforts of the International Organization of Securities Commissions—to outline the different types of market risks your investments may be exposed to and to describe steps you can take to minimize or manage those risks. Initially issued nearly a decade ago, the tips remain evergreen and relevant.
You may not be able to control if or when your company closes a plant or lays off workers—but you can take steps to manage the financial impact of those events.
If you're like many investors, your portfolio contains bonds. When you purchased those investments, you may not have given much thought to whether you'd be able to sell them when you want to. FINRA is issuing this alert to educate investors about bond liquidity, and the potential for decreased liquidity and investment losses for those who sell their bonds before maturity at a time of market stress.
FINRA is issuing this alert to inform brokerage account holders, family members and other beneficiaries about the value of preparing for the inevitable, and the general process firms follow when an account holder passes away. We also provide tips for making the transfer process as efficient and trouble-free as possible for account holders and also for heirs and beneficiaries.