Free Conference on Wise and Safe Investing Brings State and Federal Experts to York County

Maine Office of Securities Encourages Investors and Potential Investors to Register for Free Event – Including Practical Advice & Lunch

GARDINER, MAINE – Maine’s Office of Securities will host a free “Wise and Safe Investing Conference” on Friday, September 16th, from 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at Village by the Sea Conference Center in Wells. Securities Administrator Judy Shaw is encouraging investors, particularly seniors and those approaching their retirement years, to register today by calling 1-877-926-8300.

This free investor protection event is part of the Department of Professional and Financial Regulation’s ongoing effort to provide information, resources and assistance to senior consumers and their advocates. The conference is part of a national investor protection initiative, “The Campaign for Wise and Safe Investing,” and funded by a grant from the non-profit Investor Protection Trust. The AARP Foundation is co-sponsoring the event and the Maine chapter of AARP is coordinating registration.

The Wise and Safe Investing Conference will feature federal and state experts from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), the AARP Foundation, and the Maine Office of Securities.

Panelists will provide practical advice on how to safeguard investments, avoid financial scams and identify unethical practices. In addition to the planned program, ample time will be available to address questions from attendees on other issues related to the securities industry, including how the current volatility in the national securities markets may affect small investors.

Registration for the conference is free and open to the public, but advance registration is required to confirm a seat. To register, call AARP/Maine toll-free at 1-877-926-8300. More information about the Wise and Safe Investing Conference is also available by contacting the Maine Office of Securities at 1-877-624-8551 or by visiting www.investors.maine.gov.

The Office of Securities is part of the Maine Department of Professional and Financial Regulation.  It regulates the securities industry in Maine through a variety of activities, including licensing broker dealers and investment advisers; reviewing registration statements and exemption filings; investigating and prosecuting violations of the securities laws; conducting on-site compliance examinations of broker-dealers and investment advisers; and conducting investor education outreach programs.

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