“In the wake of so many high-profile investment schemes, consumers must educate themselves even more than ever against predatory investment practices,” noted Raskulinecz. “This is especially true in the case of self-directed IRAs.
Roseland, NJ (PRWEB) January 31, 2012
In compliance with the Retirement Industry Trade Association (RITA) recommendations for 2012, Next Generation Trust Services, LLC has posted valuable resources for consumers to help safeguard them against potential investment fraud. RITA announced that all of its members must post consumer investment awareness resources by January 1; Next Generation Trust Services, a member of RITA, has convenient links to these resources and to RITA in several places on its website.
RITA (http://www.ritaus.org) is a national association committed to the continued growth and expansion of self-directed retirement plan administration. Next Generation Trust Services, founded in 2004 by CEO Jaime Raskulinecz, is a third-party administrator of self-directed retirement accounts; its professionals provide account administration and transaction support for self-directed IRAs as well as education and guidance about self-direction to its clients. In accordance with RITA best practices, Next Generation Trust Services does not provide investment advice.
“In the wake of so many high-profile investment schemes, consumers must educate themselves even more than ever against predatory investment practices,” noted Raskulinecz. “This is especially true in the case of self-directed IRAs, where investors make their own informed investment decisions.” Her firm has posted several free e-books on its website: “Fighting Fraud 101” from the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) and “Seniors Against Investment Fraud (SAIF)” from the California Department of Corporations.
Safeguarding Seniors and Retirees Against Investment Fraud
According to the RITA website, seniors own more than half of all the financial assets in America and are the primary targets for fraudulent practices. It states that:
- The U.S. Subcommittee on Health and Long Term Care estimates that although seniors represent only 12% of the population, they represent 30% of the scam victims.
- Research indicates that baby boomers and older investors are natural targets for a wide variety of unscrupulous marketing practices due to the length of time they have had to accumulate significant retirement assets.
- Pursuit of seniors’ “nest eggs” is one of the fastest growing consumer fraud issues today.
In addition to the free downloadable resources, Next Generation Trust Services also calls consumers’ attention to the following organizations which are posted at http://nextgenerationtrust.com/existing-customers/investor-awareness-resources:
- http://www.investor.gov, 800 732 0330 The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is dedicated to helping Americans protect their investments.
- http://www.nasaa.org, 202 737 0900 The North American Securities Administrators’ Association (NASAA) provides information on investor education.
- [http://www.finra.org, 301 590 6500 The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) has an “Investor” section on Smart Investing.
- http://www.aarp.com, 888 687 2277 American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) includes a section on scams, fraud and consumer protection.
Raskulinecz also points investors to RITA’s Senior Fraud Prevention Guide for more information about identifying and avoiding investor fraud among older adults. Her firm also offers free educational seminars and webinars throughout the year to help investors and their advisors learn more about self-education as a wealth-building strategy.
“We cannot stress enough to investors to be aware of false claims and endorsements from potential investment entities. Ask lots of questions before making that investment; education is vital in today’s marketplace. We encourage anyone interested in self-direction as a retirement wealth-building strategy to call us with questions, attend a free seminar or webinar, or read up on scams and fraud.”
Raskulinecz also recommends that investors consult with independent financial professionals when considering investments they are unsure of or to answer questions about how a particular investment might affect their overall financial or retirement picture.
For more information about Next Generation Trust Services or about self-direction as a retirement wealth-building strategy, visit http://NextGenerationTrust.com or call (888) 857-8058.