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World Investor Week, October 3-9, is an annual global campaign promoted by the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) to raise awareness of the importance of investor education and protection. As the U.S. national coordinator for World Investor Week, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is again working with regulators and organizations to promote World Investor Week’s goals in the United States.

Some of World Investor Week’s messages that can help students build a strong financial future, include: 

  • Planning ahead for life’s uncertainties by starting an emergency savings fund, being aware of economic conditions, and avoiding high-interest debt
  • Understanding that risk exists in all investments, and recognizing the importance of diversification
  • Researching every investment opportunity to protect yourself from financial scams

SEC advances financial literacy for teen investors!

Our Director’s Take article “Taking Stock in Teen Trading” explains to parents and teens that learning about the stock market and how to invest for your future are smart financial decisions:

  • The earlier you start, the more money you’re likely to have to meet financial goals, like saving for college or buying a home.
  • Some online investing platforms may look and feel like a game, but online investing is real, and not a game.
  • Parents and teens should discuss setting financial goals, the importance of researching every investment opportunity, understanding the different types of investment products and risks, and most importantly, the amount of parental involvement of the account. Every aspect can be used as a teaching tool.

Read more of our suggestions to help teens get started at Taking Stock in Teen Trading. 

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Investor education and protection doesn’t stop after World Investor Week! In addition to, the SEC’s website for individual investors, the SEC has resources that can help you advance the World Investor Week goals all year long:

For Teachers:

For Students:

Contact us:

Office of Investor Education and Advocacy
U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission
100 F Street, NE
Washington, D.C. 20549
Toll free number: 800-732-0330

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