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A. The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority website has a database that contains information about many brokers and the firms they work for. You can find out if brokers are licensed in your state, if they've had run-ins with regulators or received serious complaints from investors. Go to finra.org/investors and click on "FINRA BrokerCheck." Or call 1-800-289-9999.

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