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Angry Twitter Users Make Day Even Worse for Online Brokers

As brokerage and mutual fund Web sites went down and customers were frozen out of their accounts Monday, investors took to Twitter to blast the firms holding their money.

Security Lapses at Vanguard, Schwab Could Put 401K Money at Risk

Your 401K money might not be as safe as you think, according to an investigative story on mutual fund customer security written by Susan Antilla, Founding Fellow at TheStreet Foundation.

Investor Warning: Keep an Eye on J.P. Turner Brokers After Shutdown

J.P. Turner Associates, an Atlanta-based firm with a dicey regulatory record, will be closing. That's good news, but you may see its brokers pop up elsewhere.

Is Vanguard Making It Too Easy for Cybercriminals to Access Your Account?

A whistleblower has told the SEC that The Vanguard Group is not taking proper precautions to protect clients' accounts. Vanguard says its security is strong.

How to Avoid Financial Disaster: 6 Best Books

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.

Your Stockbroker Loves You -- Until It's Time to Put Your Interests First

The Department of Labor wants the people who give financial advice on retirement money to act in clients' best interests. You'd think that would be a no-brainer. Think again.

Indicted Lawyers, Peeping Toms Can Wind Up Judges in Finra Arbitration

Investors with a grievance are forced to use a private court run by Finra, a regulator that's funded by Wall Street. Sometimes their judges have records worse than the brokers.

Wall Street Makes It Hard to Dig Up Dirt on Your Broker or Brokerage Firm

Investors can get a trove of information about their brokers on Finra's BrokerCheck, and even more if they check with state regulators. Wall Street doesn't want to make it easy.

FoolProof Recipe for Teaching Financial Literacy Embraces Skepticism, Shuns Business Input

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.

Study Hard and You'll Become Financially Literate? Not So Fast

Investors are swamped with offerings from businesses that sponsor financial literacy websites and lectures, but is the public actually learning anything?

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