Investor Alert: When Being a “Stalker” Is a Good Thing

By Brook Ptacek, Fall 2018 IAC Student Intern

Money attracts people from all walks of life and some of those people may not always have the best intentions. So, it is important as an investor to know who you are entrusting your money to. This seems like simple advice, but, surprisingly, very few investors actually take the time to learn about the person handling their money.

Let me demonstrate: As an investor, you would not just hand your money to someone you met on the street and tell them to get a return for you? Of course not! But what if that person was wearing a suit? And, instead of meeting them on the street, let’s say you met them in an office. What has changed? Besides that person’s clothes and the location where you met them, what knowledge do you have about that investment professional’s background? Nothing! Continue reading

Fund Your Future Paycheck

Is your financial future safe?

Join us for a FREE investor education and protection community event to help you understand how your financial and lifestyle choices today can affect the quality of your life in the future.

WHEN:  Tuesday, October 16, 2018
5:00 PM – 8:00 PM EDT

WHERE: Georgia State University College of Law  – 85 Park Pl NE, Atlanta, GA 30303 Continue reading

Wednesday’s Word: Index Fund

By Brook Ptacek, Fall 2018 IAC Student Intern

Everyone wants to beat the market. Go against the grain. Change the status quo. But beating the market is tough.  In fact, it’s more than tough–it’s almost impossible.

Index funds are not out to beat the market. In fact, index funds are investment instruments that track the market’s performance.  The SEC likes to describe these indexes as “baskets” of stocks that represent a particular industry or sector of the financial market.  You ever hear of the DOW Jones Industrial Average or S&P 500? These are indices. Index funds are funds set up by outside company to track these indices, which are tracking the performance of the market as a whole. Continue reading

Are you Ready for Retirement? Join us at a Free Event to Learn how.

Most Georgians are not ready for retirement.  The Association for Financial Counseling and Planning Education released a study today finding that over 40 percent of Georgians believe that they aren’t ready for retirement and aren’t saving enough.  It also found that 25% of the survey participants “have less than $5,000 saved or invested for retirement (not counting home value).”  The full survey results are available here.

While it may seem daunting, there are steps that we can all take to prepare for retirement.  That’s why the Investor Advocacy Clinic is partnering to help put on When I’m 65, an investor education event at Georgia State Law on October 16 from 5-8 pm.  The event is free, so long as you register in advance here.

We hope you’ll join us on October 16.

Georgia Investor Teleconference Q&A Tomorrow, Oct 2

Georgia investors – interested in preparing for your financial future?  Check out this announcement from the Georgia Secretary of State and join the call to learn more about investing for retirement:

Be prepared for your future paycheck.

Join us for a free teleconference and Q&A event revealing important information about Georgians and investing for retirement.

WHEN:  Tuesday, October 2nd at 10:00 a.m.

WHERE:  Teleconference Event

HOW:  Dial-In: (785) 424-1667
Give the following passcode: GEORGIA
You will be transferred into the call automatically.

Call in to discuss the challenges Georgians are facing when it comes to planning for their financial future and the implications this is having statewide and on the nation as a whole.

The Association for Financial Counseling and Planning Education® (AFCPE®) will release its results from a statewide survey that examined the retirement preparedness of Georgians.

In response to the survey results, the Secretary of State’s Securities Division will join the AFCPE® and other partners for an informative event at Georgia State University’s College of Law on Tuesday, October 16, 2018 from 5 to 8 PM. The “Fund Your Future Paycheck: An Investor Education & Protection Event” is free and open to the public and media.

For more information on the event, as well as the full results of the survey, please visit

This survey was funded by a grant from the Investor Protection Trust (IPT) in collaboration with Georgia Secretary of State.

SEC Charges Recidivist in Stock Manipulation Scheme

By G. Kevin Mathis, Fall 2018 IAC Student Intern

On August 14th, the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) website issued the following alert: check the background of anyone selling you an investment.  That statement may seem just as obvious as me saying that puppies and kittens are adorable, even toddlers acknowledge that their animal counterparts are cuteContinue reading