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Securities Law Basics

For most people, securities come in two forms: stocks and bonds, and promissory notes. Stocks and bonds are investments in corporations or governments. Promissory notes, on the other hand, are documents that are created when one person lends money to another person. Securities law is relevant to the general public because securities make up a substantial portion of most people's retirement or investment portfolios. FindLaw's Securities Law Basics section provides general information about securities laws as well as how to prove securities fraud. In this section, you can also find articles about securities arbitration, the use of promissory notes, and the responsibilities of investors and brokers.

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