HARRISBURG, Pa., Sept. 1, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Department of Banking and Securities outreach staff regularly advise consumers to "investigate before you invest." Now investors can access a new online directory that provides information on how to actually proceed with investment-related research.
The "Investigate Before You Invest" directory can be found here: www.dobs.pa.gov/Consumers/Pages/Investigate.aspx
"In our technologically advanced era, with financial services and products becoming ever more complex, the investor's challenge is to navigate through the financial marketplace and be able to distinguish the legitimate and suitable from the illegitimate and unsuitable," said Wiessmann. "I believe that education and awareness are an investor's best tools, and this research directory provides an excellent first step for investors who need to make informed decisions."
"Investigate Before You Invest" is designed to help investors interested in stocks, bonds, mutual funds, annuities, crowdfunding, disciplinary actions, insurance, initial public offerings, licensing and registration issues, and commodities, by referring them to free online government and not-for-profit databases and consumer hotlines.
A version of this directory can be printed by downloading it at: http://bit.ly/2bzljmh [PDF]
Investors can contact the Department of Banking and Securities at 1-800-PA-BANKS or 1-800-600-0007 to get answers to their questions about securities offerings and investment licensing and registration issues. Members of the public are also invited to connect to the department through Facebook and Twitter, or subscribing to the department's newsletter.
Media contact: Ed Novak, 717-783-4721
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SOURCE Pennsylvania Department of Banking and Securities