Chances are the financial literacy operations you've come across are sponsored by businesses that never teach the caveats. FoolProof's program is an example of how financial education ought to work.
If you're looking to become a better-informed investor or have lost money at the hands of an unscrupulous advisor, here are some sources that can help.
There are books galore that claim to have the "secrets" of wise investing. Most don't deliver. Picks on our list explain value investing and give insight on avoiding fraud.
It's Financial Literacy Month, and that means credit-card companies and brokerage firms will be out in droves touting their literacy efforts. Is that who we want teaching us about money?
The junior partner who just lost her sex discrimination trial against Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers pushed sex discrimination into the headlines. Anita Hill did the same 24 years ago.
"These guys advertise like doctors and lawyers and litigate like used car salesman," says the head of a group of lawyers who represent investors in securities arbitration.
The sex-discrimination case that's the talk of Silicon Valley should matter to all women who work. If Ellen Pao loses after a brutal cross-exam, will women be afraid to sue?
The jury will see at least some of the evidence Kleiner Perkins was trying to keep out of its view. Steamy poetry, anyone?
Wrongdoing in the financial world can lead to big fines, but individuals at household-name firms rarely get charged. How about punishments that draw some blood?
Brokerage firms don't allow their customers to go to court when they have a grievance. But when investor advocates try to probe Wall Street's private arbitration, they get shut down.