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Consumer Advisories

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Tax Preparation Consumer Advisory (2016)

Tax Season is in full swing. Taxpayers should take steps to protect themselves against a variety of hazards as they prepare and file their tax returns. Tax Preparation Fees: Avoid Hidden Fees and Overcharges The fees charged by tax preparation firms often are poorly...

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Small Business Advisory: Crowdfunding (2016)

The Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act, a series of legislative provisions intended to facilitate capital formation in the United States, was signed into law in 2012. This legislation included the CROWDFUND Act, which made significant changes to current...

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Crowdfunding – Investors (2016)

The Internet has become an inexpensive and easy way for individuals and businesses to raise money. In 2012, Congress passed the JOBS Act, which directed the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to formulate rules to exempt equity crowdfunding from the securities...

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Know your Lender (2016)

To protect themselves against scam artists and abusive, illegal fees, it’s important for consumers to ensure they’re dealing with reputable and licensed lenders. When they come across loan solicitations in the mailbox, email or on the Web, they should study them with...

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Understanding Broker-Dealer Fees (2015)

Savvy consumers know it is important to compare prices on similar products to get the best value for their money. Wouldn't it be nice if the same were true when shopping for a broker-dealer firm to handle your investments? New research from the North American...

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“Asset Recovery” Companies Consumer Advisory (2015)

Be Careful before hiring companies that promise to recover lost investments for an up-front fee.“Asset recovery” companies contact consumers, tell them they’ve been victimized by investment fraud and promise to recover their money – for a payment of thousands of...

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What You Should Know About Virtual Currencies (2014)

Virtual currencies have been around almost as long as the Internet and in the last few years they have evolved rapidly towards a product suitable for the financial mainstream. With that rapid evolution has come many questions—legal, practical, technological and...

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Last updated: Dec 11, 2019 @ 5:39 pm