At Risk of Investment Fraud? Find Out Fast

A free online tool can help you assess your risk profile.

Jul 20, 2014 at 9:30AM

Ever wonder if you're at a high risk for investment fraud? You can find out using this unique -- and free -- tool.

It's the fraud Risk Meter. Created by the FINRA Investor Education Foundation, it's based on the latest research on financial fraud. You can find out whether you're at a low, medium, or high risk for investment fraud by answering a few questions such as these:

1. Have you ever checked with a securities regulator to see whether an investment professional was licensed before you did business with that person?

2. Have you considered, or would you consider, an investment that a friend, family member or co-worker recommended?

3. Have you attended an investment seminar with a free meal?

Your fraud risk profile
The fraud Risk Meter compares your responses with the findings of two research studies -- a 2007 Senior Fraud Risk Survey by the FINRA Investor Education Foundation, and a 2006 Investor Fraud Study by the Consumer Fraud Research Group -- that examined how known investment fraud victims differ from non-victims.

Based on your responses to the questions, the Risk Meter gives you a total score and places you in a green, yellow, or red zone when it comes to investment fraud risk.

That's not all. The tool explains why your answers to various questions make you a fraud risk.

For example, if you answered "yes" to the question, "Have you attended an investment seminar with a free meal?" the tool explains why that's a risky type of behavior. It's because victims of investment fraud are three times more likely than non-victims to have attended at least one "free meal" investment seminar.

Use the Risk Meter today to find out how susceptible you are to financial fraud.

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4 in 5 Americans Are Ignoring Buffett's Warning

Don't be one of them.

Jun 12, 2015 at 5:01PM

Admitting fear is difficult.

So you can imagine how shocked I was to find out Warren Buffett recently told a select number of investors about the cutting-edge technology that's keeping him awake at night.

This past May, The Motley Fool sent 8 of its best stock analysts to Omaha, Nebraska to attend the Berkshire Hathaway annual shareholder meeting. CEO Warren Buffett and Vice Chairman Charlie Munger fielded questions for nearly 6 hours.
The catch was: Attendees weren't allowed to record any of it. No audio. No video. 

Our team of analysts wrote down every single word Buffett and Munger uttered. Over 16,000 words. But only two words stood out to me as I read the detailed transcript of the event: "Real threat."

That's how Buffett responded when asked about this emerging market that is already expected to be worth more than $2 trillion in the U.S. alone. Google has already put some of its best engineers behind the technology powering this trend. 

The amazing thing is, while Buffett may be nervous, the rest of us can invest in this new industry BEFORE the old money realizes what hit them.

KPMG advises we're "on the cusp of revolutionary change" coming much "sooner than you think."

Even one legendary MIT professor had to recant his position that the technology was "beyond the capability of computer science." (He recently confessed to The Wall Street Journal that he's now a believer and amazed "how quickly this technology caught on.")

Yet according to one J.D. Power and Associates survey, only 1 in 5 Americans are even interested in this technology, much less ready to invest in it. Needless to say, you haven't missed your window of opportunity. 

Think about how many amazing technologies you've watched soar to new heights while you kick yourself thinking, "I knew about that technology before everyone was talking about it, but I just sat on my hands." 

Don't let that happen again. This time, it should be your family telling you, "I can't believe you knew about and invested in that technology so early on."

That's why I hope you take just a few minutes to access the exclusive research our team of analysts has put together on this industry and the one stock positioned to capitalize on this major shift.

Click here to learn about this incredible technology before Buffett stops being scared and starts buying!

David Hanson owns shares of Berkshire Hathaway and American Express. The Motley Fool recommends and owns shares of Berkshire Hathaway, Google, and Coca-Cola.We Fools don't all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.

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