Yesterday, the SEC's Office of Investor Education and Advocacy launched an investor education web portal, Investor.gov. According to the Commission, the website is "devoted exclusively to investor education, providing investors with in-depth information and 'top tips' on how to invest wisely, plan for the future, and avoid being scammed." The site contains links to tools for investors like investor alerts, calculators for retirement savings and mutual fund fees, and investment tools for military servicemembers. The web page also provides access to the public to the SEC staff through question forms, a portal for submitting tips and complaints, and a link to a listing of certain SEC phone numbers. One section of Investor.gov is dedicated to educating investors about how to detect and avoid fraudulent investment schemes and scams. The website is also available in Spanish.
Much of the links and material on Investor.gov also appears on the Office of Investor Education and Advocacy's webpage on the SEC's larger website. Investor.gov, however, provides a more direct access point to the public, and fits into the Commission's forays into social media like its four Twitter accounts for investor information, news, enforcement actions, and jobs, and a You Tube channel.