Due Diligence: 10 Steps to Avoiding Ponzi Schemes and Financial Fraud
Bernie Madoff is now behind bars. But the uncovering of his enormous and long-running Ponzi scheme, and the fraud committed by several other financial hucksters, highlight the importance of asking the right questions and doing your own due diligence before selecting an advisor or participating in an investment.
What areas should you focus on when performing a due diligence review?
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Here are 10 basic steps all investors can take—as well as certain indicators that should serve as red flag warning signs of the potential for trouble down the road.
1) Question everyone before handing over your money.
Even if you are approached by a family friend, a relative, or a major financial institution, ask:
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