About the FIPA
Investor confidence has been rocked by an erosion of trust in the financial services industry. The revelations of rampant conflicts of interest within previously solid institutions combined with turbulent and uncertain economic conditions have caused investors to search for more sources of reliable information to protect their investments. Where does the smart investor turn for independent and accurate guidance?
Members of the Financial Publishers Association produce information to guide investors to protect and grow their wealth. We provide thoughtful, intelligent, unbiased information so our readers can make sound investment decisions. We have a longstanding tradition of independence and independent thinking. In this time of uncertainty, we have redoubled our commitment to maintaining investor trust.
To that end, we have formed an association of publishers who are committed to empower investors to make informed decisions with unbiased information that is free from conflicts of interest.
FIPA is a board member of the Alliance for Investor Education.
Benefits of Joining FIPA
The Financial Publishers Association (FIPA) boasts some of the most respected financial newsletter publishers, editors, and marketers in the industry today. Group members share insights, opinions, and ideas that may help increase and improve revenues, new subscribers, retention rates, copy quality, product development, and potentially, total business growth.
Some of the benefits of joining FIPA include our popular monthly conference calls. On these private calls members discuss critical issues, tactics, strategies, and news that’s impacting the newsletter industry on a macro level.
On a micro level, members share their personal ‘best practices’, online and offline tests, and ‘lessons learned’ that you won’t hear openly discussed at other industry events.
This exclusive and comprehensive ‘inside view’ allows for a free flow of communication that benefits all.
FIPA members also stay abreast of the latest technologies, trends, policies, and applications that affect online business and the newsletter industry today. FIPA provides an environment that encourages business development for both marketing and editorial ventures. And it continues to be a main source of information for questions and concerns that challenge our members every day.
FIPA’s website is also a valuable publisher resource with a ‘members only’ section containing links to an audio archive of past conference calls, issues and alerts, newsletter tips, newsroom and more.
For more information about the benefits of FIPA membership and how it can help your business, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or fill out our sign up form on this page.
FIPA Seal of Approval
In order to provide information and guidance to investors that maintain the highest standards of objectivity, publishers do not accept payments of any kind for recommending a particular security or company. In addition, the Financial Publishers Association (FIPA) provides its Seal of Approval to members who abide by the following:
1. Distinction between investment publishers and investment advisors.
According to the 1985 U.S. Supreme Court decision in Lowe vs. SEC., publishers may be exempt from registration with the SEC as investment advisors. Consequently, most established investment publishers in the U.S. are not registered. To help clarify this distinction, non-registered FIPA members state on their websites and through other venues that they
- are strictly investment publishers, providing educational information that is the same for all readers, and
- do not provide investment advice that is tailored to individual circumstances of each investor.
3. Performance results. Each publisher should establish and publish a standard procedure for estimating performance results. The Association believes it is good practice to either publish a complete track record or disclose that investment results cited do not necessarily represent a complete performance record.
4. Privacy. Each publisher respects the privacy of readers, especially with respect to personal information provided by readers on the Internet and through e-mail.