Gerald Rome – Colorado Securities Commissioner

Betting on the Future with Bitcoin

~ By Gerald Rome, Colorado Securities Commissioner ~ You may have heard about bitcoins and be wondering what they are, or you may know what they are and wonder if they might make a good investment. Let me answer the second question first: Are they good investments? The simple answer is NO! Well, if you […]

Don’t Bet the House

~ By Gerald Rome, Colorado Securities Commissioner ~ With the “on fire” real estate market in Colorado, and with housing supplies low and demand high, it is easy to become caught up in the idea that real estate investments are sure bets to make you money. However, don’t just roll the dice when investing in […]

Why We Have Military Consumer Protection Month

~ By Gerald Rome, Colorado Securities Commissioner ~ July is National Military Consumer Protection Month, and for anyone who has family members in the service, or who themselves served, it’s a great time for a refresher on the scams that target veterans. Particularly for those of us who may have family members currently in the […]

This Summer Keep your Lawn and Your Banks Account Green and Healthy

~ By Gerald Rome, Colorado Securities Commissioner ~ The Colorado legislature recently passed a bill making reporting of suspected elder financial exploitation mandatory for Colorado professionals who work for financial firms. If financial professionals see “red flags” of senior fraud, they now must report it to us. Regulators, law enforcement, and human services departments regularly […]

Are Robo-Advisers in Your Future

~ By Gerald Rome, Colorado Securities Commissioner ~ It seems every day there is some new business that takes advantage of technology. Want a taxi? Use the internet on your phone to get an Uber driver to pick you up. Need a hotel room? Rent someone’s house on a web site through Airbnb. Owe your […]

Tax advice to take to the bank

~ By Gerald Rome, Colorado Securities Commissioner ~ Oh boy, it’s that time of year again: tax season. But something is different these days. It is difficult enough to get your records together and get your return in on time. But over the last few years, we have been hit with an onslaught of tax-related […]

A Special Birthday Reminder

~ By Gerald Rome, Colorado Securities Commissioner ~ March 3rd marks a special day here in the securities world, though it’s not necessarily a cause for celebration. That’s because March 3 is the birthday of the most notorious securities fraudster to date, who even earned a self-titled scam. That man, of course, was Charles Ponzi.

A Stitch in Time Saves Nine

~ By Gerald Rome, Colorado Securities Commissioner ~ I get it, all the paperwork that comes in the daily mail, along with all the junk mail, can get overwhelming. Often it’s even tempting to simply chuck the documents from your financial adviser onto a pile or into the garbage. But we all know there is […]

Don’t Accidentally “Gift” Someone Your Identity

~ By Gerald Rome, Colorado Securities Commissioner ~ The holidays are always a busy time, and can include lots of trips to the mall and online shopping. Often, people don’t take the necessary time to protect their identity and information when they’re preparing for gatherings of family and friends. That’s not good considering it is […]

Too Many Solicitations? Better Start Protecting your Information

~ By Gerald Rome, Colorado Securities Commissioner ~ When I go out to talk about fraud awareness, I am sure to hear frustration with the amount of phone, email, and direct mail junk that consumers receive on a daily basis. While there is no way to stop this from happening, what most regulators know is […]

This Holiday Season, Make Sure Your Good Deeds Go to the Right People

~ By Gerald Rome, Colorado Securities Commissioner ~ It’s hard to believe, but another holiday season is upon us. 2016 has surely been a tumultuous year, and one where many worthwhile causes have arisen to help those in need here in Colorado as well as around the world. The holidays are a popular time to […]

Think Working From the Comfort of Your Couch Sounds Nice? Better Think Twice

~ By Gerald Rome, Colorado Securities Commissioner ~ We’ve all seen the corny advertisements on daytime television: “I make over ten grand a month working from the comfort of my couch!” Work-from-home options are often very attractive to older adults, and it’s easy to see why; these options sound great for someone who is close […]

Will the Presidential Election Affect Your Investment Strategy

~ By Gerald Rome, Colorado Securities Commissioner ~ One of the few things in politics that most Americans can still agree on is that our sixteenth president, Abraham Lincoln, was a brilliant political strategist. Perhaps the tactic which most contributed to this reputation was Lincoln’s belief that his political rivals should figure prominently in all […]

What Should You Know about a Power of Attorney

~ By Gerald Rome, Colorado Securities Commissioner ~ No matter whether you’re 40 or 80, it may be a good idea for anyone with significant investments or retirement savings to have a Power of Attorney. A Power of Attorney is a legal document that grants authority to another person to make decisions on your behalf […]

The Day After Tomorrow: Maintaining Financial Security Following a Natural Disaster

~ By Gerald Rome, Colorado Securities Commissioner ~ It was a wild spring for weather, and if the experts are correct the summer will be no different. So far in 2016 we’ve already seen tornadoes, hurricanes, and severe thunderstorms that have caused flooding and wreaked havoc on people and their property alike. Those who live […]