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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.