Website: Investor.org. A product of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) Office of Investor Education and Advocacy, Investor.gov is an online resource that strives to serve individuals by helping them invest more wisely and assist in avoiding fraud.
On the Investing Basics page – a good place to start for novice investors – it is noted that “Knowing how to secure your financial well-being is one of the most important things you’ll ever need in life. You don’t have to be a genius to do it. You just need to know a few basics, form a plan, and be ready to stick to it. There is no guarantee that you’ll make money from investments you make. But if you get the facts about saving and investing and follow through with an intelligent plan, you should be able to gain financial security over the years and enjoy the benefits of managing your money.”
I couldn’t agree more.
The site is broken down into five functional areas including: News & Alerts, Tools, Publications & Research, In the Classroom, and a Glossary.
- News & Alerts offers investor alerts and bulletins from the Office of Investor Education and Advocacy, information on upcoming investor education events, selected SEC press releases, and the ability to subscribe to e-mail updates and the Investor Alerts & Bulletins RSS feed
- The Tools area includes calculators to assist investors in determining investment goals and understand the fees associated with investments such as mutual funds
- Under Publications and Research you will find documentation that address the problems investors may face and questions they might ask. While specific guidance to which investments to make is not offered, unbiased information is provided to help investors evaluate various choices and protect themselves against fraud
- In the Classroom provides teachers, students, and parents with tools to develop an understanding of savings and investing with a focus on key concepts that students need to know
- The glossary provides help in understanding investing terms
Like we do here at RetirementSavvy with our Quizzes, the investor.org website offers Quizzes – Elementary School Student, Middle School Students, and Test Your Money Smarts – as a means of checking your financial acumen and encouragement to learn more.
Taking the time to explore this site is well worth it.