World Investor Week: Raising Awareness about the Importance of Investor Education and Protection

October 2, 2017

By the staff of the SEC’s Office of Investor Education and Advocacy

 The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) – along with the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), – is leading U.S. efforts to promote investor education and protection as part of World Investor Week, which takes place Oct. 2-8. And part of that endeavor is directed at students.

World Investor Week is a week-long global effort promoted by the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) to raise awareness of the importance of investor education and protection. For the first time, IOSCO securities regulators from more than 70 countries on six continents are participating in a variety of outreach activities across the globe to bring attention to the importance of educating investors on how to invest wisely and avoid becoming a victim of fraud. Please consider sharing the following resources to help students avoid these pitfalls!

Students, Check This Out!

  • Learn how much your money can grow over time by understanding the power of compound interest. Use’s compound interest calculator to prove to yourself that the Rule of 72 is a great way to estimate how your investment will grow over time. You can also use our savings goal calculator to calculate how much money you need to contribute each month in order to arrive at a specific savings goal.

    • How does the Rule of 72 work? Simply divide the number 72 by your investment’s expected rate of return (interest rate). Assuming an expected rate of return of 6 percent, your investment will double in value about every 12 years (72 divided by 6 equals 12).

  • Read Saving and Investing for Students. Knowing how to secure your financial well-being is one of the most important things you will ever need in life. You do not have to be a genius to do it. You just need to know a few basics, form a plan, and be ready to stick to it. No matter how much or little money you have, the important thing is to educate yourself about your opportunities. In this brochure, we cover the basics on saving and investing. (Educators can order a free classroom set of this brochure.)

Investor education and protection does not stop after World Investor Week! Follow the SEC’s Office of Investor Education and Advocacy on Twitter at @SEC_Investor_Ed, and like us on Facebook. You can also invite SEC staff to host a financial literacy webinar or an in-person presentation for the population of students your member organizations serve by emailing us at  

Office of Investor Education and Advocacy 
U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission 
100 F Street, NE 
Washington, D.C. 20549 
Toll-free number: 800-732-0330

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