Even with the volatility of the stock market, investing continues to offer one of the best means to achieve your long-term financial goals.
There is no guarantee that you’ll make money from investments you make, but if you get the facts about the investments you make and follow an intelligent financial plan, you should be on the road to financial security.
The Washington State Department of Financial Institutions (DFI) cannot tell you what investments to make, but below we do offer unbiased information about investing strategies, investment products, and how to protect yourself from fraud.
Always Investigate before You Invest
Before you part with your money, you should always verify that the investment is registered with the Washington State Department of Financial Institutions and the individual selling the investment is licensed to do so. To verify licenses and registration status contact the Washington State Department of Financial Institutions at 1-877-RING DFI (1-877-746-4334).
Learn About Investing
- Investment Basics
The basics of investing.
- Guide for Beginning Investors
A guide for first time investors.
- Setting Up A New Investment Account
What you need to know about new accounts.
- Mapping Out Financial Goals
Tips on mapping out your financial goals.
- Monitoring Your Investments
How to monitor your investments performance.
- Investor Bill of Rights
Your rights as an investor.
- Tips for the Older Investor
Tips for senior investors.
Scams and Fraud
- About Investment Fraud
About investment fraud and how you can avoid it.
- Signs of Fraud
Common signs of investment fraud.
- Most Common Investment Traps
Common investment traps in Washington.
- Questions to Ask Before You Invest
Questions to ask before you purchase.
- Social Network Scams
All about social network scams.
- About Affinity Fraud
About affinity fraud and the warning signs.
- Reporting Fraud
How to report investment fraud to authorities.
- Business Opportunities
All about business opportunities.
- Exchange Traded Funds
The basics of exchange traded funds.
- Mortgage Paper Securities
The basics of mortgage paper securities.
- Small Business Investments
The basics of small business investments.
- Viatical Settlements
An explanation of viatical settlements.
- Short Term Investments That Fit Your Needs
Tips for choosing short term investments.
- Choosing An Investment Professional
Tips on how to select a good investment adviser.
- Questions To Ask Before Choosing A Professional
Questions to ask before you pay for services.
- Selecting Brokerage Services
Tips on selecting brokerage services.
- Beware of Dishonest Investment Advisers
Warning signs of a dishonest investment adviser.
- Problems with Your Investment Professional?
What you should do.
- What You Need To Know About Arbitration
What you need to know about arbitration.