Senior Connection

North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA)Visit our interactive map to contact your state or provincial securities regulator and to find other resources for seniors.

Be an Informed Investor

Savvy investors know that it is important to investigate before you invest. NASAA’s Informed Investor series of alerts and advisories shed light on a variety of investment products and practices.

Pension Advance Scams

The scam involves investors who provide funds to make cash advances and pensioners who are willing to turn over future pension payments in exchange for an immediate lump sum cash payment. Here are some risks both parties should know to keep scam artists from carrying away your nest egg!

Senior Designations

Seniors should carefully check the credentials of individuals holding themselves out as “senior specialists.”

Self-Directed IRAs

While self-directed IRAs can be a safe way to invest retirement funds, investors should be mindful of potential fraudulent schemes when considering a self-directed IRA.


Annuities are complex products that may combine the characteristics of insurance and investment securities. It is  important to understand how an annuity earns money and how it subjects your investment to risk.

Understanding Broker-Dealer Fees

It can be hard for investors to comparison shop among different broker-dealer firms due to the different terms used by the firms to describe their fees.

High-Yield Investment Schemes

Have you ever seen an ad promising too-good-to-be-true rates of return in short periods of time? Then you may have encountered a high-yield investment program, which are Ponzi schemes sold by unlicensed individuals.

Energy Investments

Energy investments are highly speculative and subject to the forces of market demand and competition.


Before putting you money into gold-related investments, there are a few things you might want to consider.

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