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Ask the Right Questions

Asking the right questions about investing can help you make an informed decision as to whether an investment is right for you. Did you know that 8.2 per cent of Albertans believe they have invested money in what turned out to be a fraudulent investment (CSA 2012 Investor Index)? Take a look at the information below, and find out what you need to know before you invest so it doesn’t happen to you.

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  1. How do I check out an investment?

    Rushing into an investment because it seems like a great opportunity can spell financial trouble. That's why it's important to do your research first, no matter how persuasive the pitch. Start with a background check, and make sure you know all the red flags of investing. Still have questions? ASC can help you find the answers.

    When Lynn thought an investment opportunity sounded suspicious, she called ASC for more information. Hear what she has to share with other potential investors.

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  2. How much should I invest to achieve my goals?

    No one can tell you exactly how much you need to invest. You need to consider a variety of things, including the dates you have set for achieving your goals, the amount of each goal, and how comfortable you are with risk. The ASC can give you the knowledge you need to spot the right investment for you. Take a look at the resources below.

    Figuring out how much you need to invest to reach your goals can be tricky. See how Russ explains his own risk assessment. (1:11 min)

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  3. Is this investment too good to be true?

    When it comes to investing, the old adage is usually true: if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. ASC can help you spot the red flags that signal an unsafe investment, and point you to some resources to help you make solid investment decisions. Take a look below. Figuring out how much you need to invest to reach your goals can be tricky.

    Hear how Russ' suspicions about a 'get-rich-quick' investment led him to call ASC for more information, and saved his financial future. (1:54 min)

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  4. When is the best time to invest?

    Like so many things in life, the answers to this question are different for everyone. Talking about 'timing' means more than whether you should invest now or later – you should also consider which stage of life you're in, what's happening in the economy right now, the time of year you're thinking of investing, and the time it will take to reach your goal. We can provide a wealth of resources to help you find the answers for yourself, so that when you do invest, the time is right for you.

    When a caller offering a potential investment opportunity started to turn on the pressure, Lynn began to question their motives. Find out why this popular tactic raised some red flags. (1:20 min)

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  5. Whose advice should I take about investing?

    When you're thinking about investing, it can seem like everyone is full of advice. The question is, how do you know if it's any good? Take a look at the fact sheets and resources below, and find out what you need to learn before you hand over your money.

    Russ had a feeling something wasn't right about an investment opportunity, so he called ASC for more information. Learn how we helped him ask the right questions. (1:23 min)

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