Don't be an April Financial Fool!
Dolores Kong

In honor of April Fool's Day, here are a few "Do's"
and "Don't's" to avoid becoming a financial fool.

DO research a financial professional and any
licensing or regulatory requirements at such web
pages as,, and

DONíT fall for the "Dirty Dozen Scams" that the
Internal Revenue Service warns about every year,
including a few new ones added to the list in 2004,
like abusive trusts

DO seek out second and even third opinions, and ask
for recommendations before you spend your
hard-earned money to invest or buy a product or a

DONíT fall for infomercials and other marketing
pitches that sound too good to be true, because they
probably aren't.