HOW TO PROTECT YOURSELF
While the vast majority of investments and the people who pitch them are legitimate, it pays to remember there are a few bad apples out there.
State and federal laws require securities brokers, advisers, firms, and the products they sell to be registered or licensed. Security products can take many forms, including stocks, notes, bonds, some partnership interests, variable annuities, and viatical settlements.
BEFORE YOU INVEST, PROTECT YOURSELF THROUGH THESE STEPS:
You can check the background of an investment professional through FINRA BrokerCheck. BrokerCheck allows you to confirm licensing, registration, and complaint/regulatory history.
You can also get this information by calling the CSI at 800.332.6148 or 406.444.2040.