How do I research the investments my advisor suggests?

First, understand the type of investment your advisor is encouraging by reviewing information from FINRA or the SEC. Then, if your investor has identified a specific mutual fund for your consideration, look up the specific fund on FINRA’s Fund Analyzer database. The database includes information “on over 18,000 mutual funds, Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) and Exchange Traded Notes (ETNs).” The tool allows you to review the fees and expenses associated with the investment as well as average annual returns and the fund’s investment objective. You can also review market data for specific mutual funds, bonds, and companies at FINRA’s Market Data Center, which is powered by independent investment and market analyzer Morningstar, Inc.