Thursday Night SEC Missives

I promise, I am going to try and revive the Thursday night pictures from old magazines series, since people seemed to dig it. That is not going to happen tonight, though. Instead, you get to view the delicious little insert which came with my tax refund. (I’m impressed, it only took the Treasury six weeks to mail it to me and I’ll be mailing it right back to them next week with my quarterly estimated tax payment.)

Evidently the Securities and Exchange Commission really cares:

The Securities and Exchange Commission logo in the left margin, above the words 'SEC Office of Investor Education and Advocacy www.investor.gov.' To the right, the notice says: 'Check out these saving and investing tips: Pay off credit card of high-interest debt. Simply paying off your high-interest debt may be your best investment strategy. Boost your emergency fund. Many experts recommend keeping about six months of expenses in a federally insured account to cover an emergency, like sudden unemployment. Beware of promises of 'guaranteed returns.' Promises of high returns, with little or no risk, are classic warning signs of fraud. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Don't put all your eggs in one basket. Think twice before investing heavily in shares of your employer's stock or any individual investment.'

Back of the notice, reading 'Call now and become a smarter investor' with a list of prompts like 'Do I have enough saved?' and 'About variable annuities' with corresponding codes which can be keyed into the SEC hotline.

I feel like a smarter investor already!