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DFI releases list
of 2017 top investor threats

MADISON - The Wisconsin Department of Financial Institutions (DFI) today released its annual list of top investor threats, reminding Wisconsin investors to use caution when approached with any unsolicited investment opportunities.

"All investments involve a degree of risk," said Leslie Van Buskirk, Administrator of DFI's Division of Securities. "Investors can help protect themselves by taking time to research both the investment product and the person selling it. It's best to learn before you get burned. In most fraud cases the investors are unable to recover their losses because the promoter has already spent the money."

The top threats were determined by surveying members of the North American Securities Administrators Association, of which DFI is a member, to identify the most frequently identified sources of current investor complaints or investigations. The following were cited most often:

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DFI Website Maintenance Schedule

The DFI Website will be down for scheduled maintenance and unavailable on Monday, December 18 from 5pm - 8pm CST. As a reminder, our regularly scheduled maintenance window is every Wednesday from 5pm - 8pm CST.

Lt. Governor Kleefisch joins DFI
to unveil 'College & Career Readiness Guide'

MADISON - Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch joined Department of Financial Institutions (DFI) Secretary Jay Risch today to unveil the College & Career Readiness Guide, a new resource designed to help Wisconsin's K-12 students chart a course that will lead them to productive and rewarding careers as adults. The announcement was made at the Madison Regional Tournament of the Finance and Investment Challenge Bowl, held at the CUNA Mutual Group headquarters in Madison.

"The College & Career Readiness Guide is yet another valuable resource for Wisconsin K-12 students and their parents to plan ahead for college and a career," Lt. Governor Kleefisch said. "Students need to start thinking early about their career paths, whether it's a four-year degree, a two-year associate degree, a career school or a vocational training program. Planning ahead can help families keep the cost of a post-secondary education as affordable as possible."

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New business entity filings
tracking 6.7% ahead of prior year

MADISON - The number of new business entities formed in Wisconsin in the first 11 months of 2017 grew by 6.7% compared to same period in 2016, according to data compiled by the Department of Financial Institutions (DFI). As of November 30, new business filings totaled 41,644, compared to 39,033 in the same period in 2016.

The business formation data is compiled by DFI, which is the filing office for the creation of business entities in the state. DFI tracks new business entity creation on a monthly basis and posts the data on its website. The full report may be found at