Pimp My Site: Investor.gov
It’s not often — and I mean RARE — that I talk about my day job here. I’m Director of New Media at the Securities and Exchange Commission, a job that I love dearly. I love it because, sometimes, it gives me the chance to do some good. Not all days are sunshine and chocolate and there are frustrations, but on days like yesterday, I leave feeling exhausted but very good.
Yesterday was the culmination of nearly a year’s work on building and launching a first-ever for the SEC; Investor.gov, a micro-site devoted exclusively to investor protection and education. In my recent travels to BlogWorld Expo and meeting tons of wonderful people, what amazed me is that so few people even know that the SEC plays an important role in protecting investors — and helping to prevent fraud.
So why am I writing about this? This is not a moment of self-congratulatory hubris. I want you to look at the site. I want you to –especially if you have elderly people that you love who are living off of retirement savings — send a link to the “Seniors Care Package” or even print off some materials and hand them to those you love.
This is such a passion of mine because last year, I traveled throughout the U.S. filming video of seniors who had fallen victim to fraud — and in the process, lost nearly all of their savings. One poor woman told me that “a young man” came to her door who was “dressed so nicely and was so polite” that, by the time she had left, her life’s savings were in someone else’s hands. That enraged me but made me more determined than ever to use my skill set to try to make a difference.
I was fortunate enough to even have SEC Chairman Mary Schapiro record and welcome message for the site.
So please — retweet this, bookmark it, do whatever you can to push it out. The more people who know how to avoid scams and fraud, the less sad headlines we’ll see.
P.S. – SEC Disclaimer: The views expressed in this post are mine and mine alone and do not necessarily reflect those of the SEC Chairman, Commissioners, or my colleagues. So there.