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The Securities and Exchange Commission's Office of Investor Education and Advocacy recently issued an investor alert to help better inform investors about the risks of using credit cards to purchase investments. For some, credit cards can be a convenient way to purchase goods and services. However, investors should understand that most licensed and registered investment firms do not allow their customers to use credit cards to buy investments or to fund an investment account. The SEC urges investors to work only with a licensed or registered investment professional or firm and not attempt to use a credit card to fund investments. Unregistered and unlicensed sellers often pressure investors to use credit cards for investments that are actually fraudulent scams. Most registered investment firms do not allow their customers to use credit cards to purchase investments — so be skeptical if you are asked to use a credit card to invest. Carefully research the background of any investment professional or firm before handing over your money … HIGHLIGHTED EVENT:Want to learn more about investing? Attend an AAII Local Chapter Meeting near you

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