Polar Investment Counsel, Inc.

Independent Securities & Futures Brokers

Member: FINRA, NFA, MSRB, SIPC

Home Office:  Thief River Falls MN


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It is important, as an investor, to educate yourself and be aware of potential scams, schemes or swindlers.   It is our goal to provide you with articles and items that enable you not only to educate yourself, but that aid you in preparing your investments for the future.

Real Education must ultimately be limited to men and women who insist on knowing.

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FINRA Managing Investment Risk

 

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Securities Regulators Unveil Fraud Awareness Quiz 

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FINRA MUTUAL FUND EXPENSE ANALYZER

The FINRA has provided a Mutual Fund Expense Analyzer that can assist you when considering Mutual Funds as part of your investment portfolio.

Click to the right to access the analyzer:    è FINRA Expense Analyzer

Please Note:  Some security systems will not allow you to access the analyzer. Should you get an error message you can disable your security system to use the analyzer, but you do so at your own risk. 


FINRA BOND TOOL - SMART BOND INVESTING

You've heard it before: Asset allocation is the foundation of prudent investing. You've probably heard this before, too—your portfolio should contain a mixture of stocks and bonds. This is sound advice. But do you understand the critical characteristics of bonds?

Click to the right to access the bond tool:    è SMART BOND INVESTING

FINRA MUTUAL FUND BREAKPOINT SEARCH TOOL

The FINRA offers users a groundbreaking way to research eligibility for breakpoint discounts. Investors and brokers can look up breakpoint schedules and linkage rules for mutual funds

Click to the right to access the breakpoint tool:    è FINRA BREAKPOINT SEARCH TOOL

FINRA SMART 401(k) INVESTING

401(k) retirement plans can make the difference between a financially secure retirement and the specter of running out of money.  So it's important to understand every aspect of how your 401(k) plan works, whether you're just getting started or you're already retired.  FINRA's Smart 401(k) Investing takes you through the process of enrolling and managing your 401(k) account, and answers questions about everything from eligibility to rollovers, from vesting to hardship withdrawals.

Click to the right to access Smart 401(k) Investing:  è SMART 401(k) INVESTING
   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Polar Investment Counsel, Inc.

Member FINRA, NFA, MSRB, SIPC

Home Office: Thief River Falls MN

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