ASC Offers Tips and Resolutions for Safe Investing in 2008

    CALGARY, Jan. 4 /CNW/ - With the new calendar year, the Alberta
Securities Commission (ASC) is offering some tips and resolutions for those
who want to avoid unhealthy investment decisions in 2008.
    The ASC suggests that people commit to some investing resolutions that
will help them protect their money now and throughout the year:

    -   Resolve to Check First. Everyone is busy but investors should find
        time to research any investment opportunity - and those who offer
        them - before considering an investment. The ASC website,, has tools and tips to help investors learn
        to Check First and ask the right investing questions.

    -   Resolve to make safe investing a family affair. Develop good habits
        of never giving your Social Insurance Number (SIN), date of birth or
        credit card numbers in response to unsolicited email messages or
        "cold callers" over the phone - no matter how good the sales pitch
        sounds. Understand your investing risk tolerance and learn about the
        red flags of investing in the For Investors section on the ASC site.

    -   Resolve to do a background check on your broker or investment adviser
        before investing. Visit to learn more about
        the salesperson and the investment product being offered for sale.
        Learn how to conduct a background check including how to see if there
        has been any disciplinary action.

    -   Resolve to fight investment fraud. Make fraud prevention and
        detection part of your routine. If you've been a victim or suspect
        you may be involved in an investing scam, visit our website to find
        out how to make an inquiry or a complaint. You may also wish to
        contact your local Better Business Bureau or victim assistance unit
        with your local police.

    Investors can learn to Check First and protect their money at

    The ASC is the regulatory agency responsible for administering the
province's securities laws. It is entrusted to foster a fair and efficient
capital market in Alberta and to protect investors. As a member of the
Canadian Securities Administrators, the ASC works to improve, coordinate and
harmonize the regulation of Canada's capital markets.

For further information:

For further information: For Media Inquiries: Mark Dickey, Senior
Communications Advisor, (403) 297-4481,; For Investor
Inquiries: ASC Public Inquiries, Toll Free 1-877-355-4488

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