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Introductory Materials

Federal Securities Laws -introduction and overview of the cases and statutes that comprise the United States securities laws. Insider trading, stock manipulation, and more.

Blue Sky Laws (State Securities Laws) – introduction and overview of the securities laws of the various states, how they interact with the federal laws, plus links to all of the state securities administrators, statutes and regulations.

Securities Arbitration Overview – The ultimate primer on securities arbitration, authored by Mark J. Astarita, Esq., a New York securities attorney who has represented parties to securities arbitrations in virtually every major city for 20 years. An excellent introduction to the process.

Initial Public Offering Process – going public is only one method of raising capital.

Private Placements – raising capital privately is often the preferred method for many companies, but the process must be carefully managed. With less registration requirements comes more regulation in order to maintain the registration exemption.

Insider Trading – there is legal insider trading, and illegal insider trading. Both can be profitable, but the illegal version comes with significant penalties.

Recommended Books

Personal Finance For Dummies – From Amazon – “Personal Finance for Dummies offers sound and practical advice for those who want to get control over their personal financial lives. Author Eric Tyson points out the most common mistakes that we all make in our approach to money and prescribes ways to save and invest for a secure future. Using worksheets, the book helps you to measure your own financial health by looking at factors such as how much debt you carry, your savings rate, as well as investment and insurance checkups. The book looks at how you should invest your retirement account, approach taxes, and provides a good overview on how to buy real estate.”

Mutual Funds For Dummies, 6th edition – “With straightforward advice and a plethora of specific up-to-date fund recommendations, personal finance expert Eric Tyson helps you avoid fund-investing pitfalls and maximize your chances of success. This revised edition features expanded coverage of ETFs, fund alternatives, and research methods Tyson provides his time-tested investing advice, as well as updates to his fund recommendations and coverage of tax law changes Sample fund portfolios and updated forms show you exactly how to accomplish your financial goals.”

Featured Articles

Introduction to the Federal Securities Laws -an introduction to the laws which govern the purchase and sale of securities in the United States, including the Securities Act of 1933 and the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

Introduction to the Blue Sky Laws (State Securities Laws) – each state has its own securities laws, rules and regulations. This article provides an overview to the function and purpose of those state laws, known as “blue sky laws.”

Introduction to Private Placements – hedge funds, and private equity funds, take in investors’ money by way of a private placement. Such offerings are exempt from the registration process for offering securities for sale; provided the rules are followed. A description of the exemption, and the private placement process.

  • What is Securities Arbitration? Securities arbitration has become the most often used method of resolving disputes in the securities industry. Since the late 1970’s,  FINRA and its predecessors have required brokerage firms and stock brokers into securities arbitration to resolve their disputes with each other, and with their customers. That requirement led to brokerage firms requiring, through their customer ...

Personal Investing News & Commentary

Invest in Peer-to-Peer Lending with Lending Club, Returns and Risks - I have been lending in peer-to-peer lending networks like Lending Club and Prosper for about ten years now. Today, I want to share with you some of the things I have learned, and you can decide if ...
What is a Good Credit Score Rating? - What number is considered a good credit score rating? On a scale that goes from 300 to 850, two of the three credit bureaus and myFICO® consider 670 as the lower end of the GOOD credit rating. On a...
Dave Ramsey’s Baby Steps to Financial Peace Review - Dave Ramsey’s Baby Steps is a financial plan designed to help you get your finances in order, get out of debt, and achieve financial freedom. Dave Ramsey has taught these Baby Steps to millions via...
The 4% Safe Withdrawal Rate Retirement Drawdown Rule - The 4% Safe Withdrawal Rate (SWR) was first introduced by William Bengen in 1994 and later supported by the Trinity Study in 1998. The rule basically states that when you hit retirement age, you ca...
IRA and 401(k) Early Withdrawal Penalty - Why would you give the government an extra cut out of your retirement nest egg if you didn’t have to? We all work too hard and save too diligently to just willingly give the IRS a bigger piece of o...

Personal Finance News Stories


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Past Articles and Commentary
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