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January 12, 2014

Find background checks on brokers, investment advisers online

Each Monday, The Eagle highlights a government record that is available to the public. Open records help people keep government in check and help them better understand how government affects their lives.

Each Monday, The Eagle highlights a government record that is available to the public. Open records help people keep government in check and help them better understand how government affects their lives.

For a complete list of You Oughta Know columns, go to www.kansas.com/oughta.

The records: Background checks on brokers and investment advisers and their firms.

Why you’d want them: To protect your money.

Where you get them: The Office of the Kansas Securities Commissioner recommends BrokerCheck, a service of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority. Go to www.finra.org/Investors/ToolsCalculators/BrokerCheck/

How much it will cost: The information is free.

Deb Gruver

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