Attorney General Henry McMaster

Educate Yourself

The Top 10 Questions to Ask Before Choosing a Broker
13 Questions and Answers About Securities
Glossary of Terms for the Individual Investor
Investor Information Program
Penny Stocks/Microcap Stocks
If It Sounds Too Good To Be True...
How Senior Citizens Can Avoid Investment Fraud and Abuse
South Carolina Broker-Dealer Instruction/Check List for Registration and Renewals
Five Keys to Investing Success
A Primer for Investing in Bonds
Where to Invest Your College Money
Mutual Funds: Maybe all You'll Ever Need
The Basics for Investing in Stocks
Getting Help With Your Investments
Maximize Your Retirement Investments
Investment Advisers: What You Need to Know Before Choosing One

The first line of defense that South Carolina investors have against fraud is education. Learning more about securities and the laws regulating their sale allows investors to safeguard their transactions and investments and to report possible violations of the Securities Act.

The Securities Division has a wealth of information to help South Carolina investors make informed decisions in choosing reputable brokers and advisers. The Division maintains or has access to databases of individuals and firms and can quickly tell you their status. The staff of the Securities Division is also available to provide information by telephone (803-734-9916).