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Key Online Aid for Investors Sponsored by Alliance of Gov't Agencies, Regulators, Foundations and Leading Financial Trade Associations

WASHINGTON, D.C.//July 28, 2010//In order to make it as easy as possible for investors to find the help they need quickly, the 21-member Alliance For Investor Education (AIE) today launched an updated version of the "one-stop information shopping" site at http://www.HelpForInvestors.org to pull together 16 key links into a single Web page. The easy-to-use list shows investors where to check out financial professionals, how to report investment fraud, the best help for dealing with other major problems - including broker bankruptcies, identity theft and 401(k) claims - and filing arbitration and mediation claims.

The content featured in the updated http://www.HelpForInvestors.org cuts across the entire investment community represented in AIE's membership ranks.

"In their hour of greatest need, investors should be able to get access to key information to help them in one place. We created HelpforInvestors.org so people can go directly to what they need in order to get that help," said Alliance for Investor Education President Dallas Salisbury, who also serves as president and CEO of the Employee Benefit Research Institute (EBRI) and chairman of the American Savings Education Council (ASEC). "As a coalition of government agencies, regulators, nonprofit foundations, trade groups, the Alliance for Investor Education is always striving to make the power of the Web work for investors, rather than allowing tools scattered across a dozen Web sites to escape the attention of those who need it the most."

The key resources pulled together on one Web page for investors at http://www.HelpForInvestors.org are as follows:


  • FINRA BrokerCheck.
  • Securities and Exchange Commission - Check Out Brokers and Advisors.
  • National Futures Association BASIC.

  • Securities Exchange Commission.
  • Your state securities regulator.
  • Commodity Futures Trading Commission.
  • FINRA Complaint Center.

  • Brokerage firm bankruptcy - Securities Investor Protection Corporation.
  • Identity theft - Federal Trade Commission.
  • 401(k) claims - U.S. Department of Labor.
  • Choosing a Financial Advisor - CFA Institute.
  • Fraud Center - North American Securities Administrator Association.
  • Investor.gov - Securities and Exchange Commission.

  • Financial Industry Regulatory Authority.
  • National Futures Association.
  • Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) Reparations.

    Founded in 1996, the Alliance for Investor Education Web site at http://www.InvestorEducation.org provides investors with access to a full range of information they need to make wise investment decisions. The 21-member Alliance for Investor Education is dedicated to facilitating greater understanding of investing, investments and the financial markets among current and prospective investors of all ages. We pursue initiatives for education and join with others to motivate Americans to obtain objective information and increase their knowledge and understanding of investing.

    Full members of the Alliance include: American Association of Individual Investors, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants/360 Degrees of Financial Literacy, EBRI/ASEC, CFA Institute, Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc., Financial Publishers Association, Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Investment Company Institute Education Foundation, Investor Protection Trust, Council for Economic Education, National Endowment for Financial Education, National Futures Association, Options Industry Council, Retirement Security Project, Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association/SIFMA Foundation for Investor Education and the Securities Investor Protection Corporation.

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission's Bureau of Consumer Protection, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, and the North American Securities Administrators Association are the governmental and quasi-governmental advisors to the Alliance.

    CONTACT: Ailis Aaron Wolf, (703) 276-3265 or .


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