How do you know if a broker is legit?
You can find out if brokers are licensed in your state, if they've had run-ins with regulators or received serious complaints from investors. Go to finra.org/investors and click on "FINRA BrokerCheck." Or call 1-800-289-9999.
How do I check out my broker?
An easy way to check out an investment professional is to use the free search tool available on Investor.gov, which will direct you to the SEC's Investment Adviser Public Disclosure website (IAPD website). You can also visit the IAPD website directly, FINRA's BrokerCheck program, and/or your state securities regulator.
What is BrokerCheck used for?
BrokerCheck is a free tool from FINRA that can help you research the professional backgrounds of brokers and brokerage firms, as well as investment adviser firms and advisers.
How do I find an investment broker?
Your choice of broker should reflect your investment style—whether you lean toward active trading or a more passive, buy-and-hold approach. Always make sure your broker is fully licensed by state regulatory authorities and FINRA and registered (individually or via their firm) with the SEC.