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Securities Law Basics

Securities are legally defined as negotiable financial instruments that have some sort of financial value. For most people, securities come in two forms: stocks and bonds, which are investments in corporations or governments; or promissory notes, which are documents created when one individual lends money to another. Securities often make up a substantial portion of consumers' retirement or investment portfolios. This section covers the basics or securities law, with a guide to help you decipher the alphabet soup of securities regulations, articles on the use of promissory notes; overviews of securities arbitration and litigation claims; and more general information about securities laws.
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