Getting into the stock market has the potential to be a rather risky affair if you don’t know what you are doing. And, even if you do, the area is often fraught with scams and schemes.
Anyone who has been around the stock market for a long time will have encountered high yield investment programs. Most often these seem to be found on the Internet. By definition, they are an investment in which the investor has the potential to garner a hefty return of their investment. Of course this sounds absolutely amazing and who would not want to make more money? However, most of these high yield investment programs are fraudulent.
Here are some tips so you will recognize a fake when you see one. The first thing you should watch for is the fact high returns are guaranteed. This should send up warning flags to you because no reputable fund manager worth his or her salt would ever guarantee a return on someone’s investment. They won’t guarantee a return because honest to goodness genuine investments just don’t work like that.
Traditionally, investments will fluctuate with the market. This is usual, but what is not usual is the ability of a fund manager to be able to predict the future for an investment. It solely depends on the market. If you’re told you will have a guaranteed fixed rate of return on an investment, run, don’t walk to the nearest door.
One of the other signs you should watch for relates to the investment’s risk levels. You need to ask pointed questions about the security of your investment, and if you get wishy-washy answers, think long and hard about what you are doing. Chances are you being mislead if they mention all investments are completely protected and safe. There is no such thing as complete protection and safety in an open, honest and fluctuating market place.
If mysterious funds backing these so-called safe and protected investments were so full of cash, just how much would they need if the fund collapsed? The investors would be out on the streets with nothing if this were the case. If you’re told there is no risk or can’t get a straight answer about the risks, take a pass.
Red flag number three is if you are asked to send your money directly to the professional with whom you are dealing. That’s a no-no in the real world of stock market buying, selling and trading. If this reminds you in the slightest of something called a “Ponzi scheme,” you’d be right on. So stay alert, be smart, ask questions and when in doubt, don’t proceed; and/or call a lawyer with experience in this area.
Michael G. Smith is a Little Rock injury lawyer and Little Rock accident lawyer, practicing personal injury law in Little Rock Arkansas. To learn more about Little Rock injury lawyer, Little Rock accident lawyer, Little Rock person injury lawyer, Little Rock malpractice lawyer, Little Rock injury attorney, Little Rock wrongful death attorney, visit Arkansaslawhelp.com.