Programs

DASH for the STASH

The DASH for the STASH Program

Dash1_Financial-Adviser_no-QR.jpgThe DASH for the STASH is a multi-State investor education and protection program and poster contest. The 2016 DASH for the STASH program runs from March 15, 2016 through May 15, 2016, covering the entire length of April’s Financial Literacy Month. The program is a partnership between the Investor Protection Institute (IPI) and participating State Securities Offices. The 2016 DASH is held in public libraries and other venues in 12 participating States and jurisdictions: Alaska, Connecticut, California, the District of Columbia, Florida, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico and Virginia.

The primary goal for the DASH program is to arm investors with the unbiased and non-commercial information they need to make crucial investing decisions. This includes, but is not limited to, investors having the knowledge and resources to find suitable advisors; avoiding investment scams, fraud and schemes; realizing and evaluating the fees associated with particular investments; and understanding the benefits and rules of tax-sheltered 401(k) and IRA tools.

DASH features a series of informational posters posted in designated spots in participating locations in participating States. Each poster focuses on one investor education and protection topic, and each poster topic features an associated quiz question to answer. The four poster topics are 1) Financial Advisers; 2) Investment Fees; 3) Investor Fraud and 4) Building a Nest Egg. In addition to the English language posters, selected host locations in 2016 will also have Spanish and/or Chinese language posters.

To play, participants visit a participating location, read the content on each poster, scan the unique QR code to access that topic’s quiz question, and submit their answer via smartphone, tablet, or laptop computer. Participants can also play via public computer at most participating locations. Each poster is rich in investor education and protection content and it takes approximately 5-10 minutes to read each poster. One winner in each participating State will be chosen in a random drawing of eligible participants who logged the correct answer for all four posters. The winner will receive the prize as $1,000 to open or add to an Individual Retirement Account (IRA) and sent directly to the winner’s bank or brokerage firm for the purpose of opening or making a 2016 contribution to an IRA. The winner must provide proof of eligibility to contribute to an IRA for 2016 and will not receive cash, nor any other form of payment in lieu of the IRA contribution. (For IRA eligibility, check IRS.gov.) The contest is open March 15–May 15, 2016. Following the contest, IPI will randomly select a contest winner from each State from entries with all correct answers. Prize sponsors are the Investor Protection Institute and participating State Securities Regulators. The IPI and all participating States provide independent, non-commercial investor education and protection material. No purchase is necessary to play.

This year’s multi-state DASH for the STASH program builds on the success of the 2015 program held at 230 locations in six States and jurisdictions: Connecticut, the District of Columbia, Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, and Nebraska. The program began in Iowa as a pilot program in 2014.

The DASH for the STASH Rules

DASH_Rules_2016_sm2016 DASH for the STASH Rules
English | Spanish | Chinese

DASH for the STASH Posters

Each of the 2016 DASH for the STASH posters is offered in English, Spanish and Chinese and each covers one investor topic and provides a lot of helpful investor education and protection information.

Note that the online DASH posters are for educational purposes only and don’t include the QR code. To participate in the contest, visit one of the participating venues from March 15–May 15, 2016.

What You Should Know About Building a Nest Egg posterWhat You Should Know About Building a Nest Egg poster
English | Spanish | Chinese
What You Should Know About Financial Advisers posterWhat You Should Know About Financial Advisers poster
English | Spanish | Chinese
What You Should Know About Investment FeesWhat You Should Know About Investment Fees
English | Spanish | Chinese
What You Should Know About Investor FraudWhat You Should Know About Investor Fraud
English | Spanish | Chinese

Participating Venues

Following is a list of participating libraries and other venues in participating States where you can read the posters and scan the QR code to access the quiz questions.

Take the Sample DASH for the STASH Quiz

Are you ready to put your knowledge of the four DASH for the STASH poster topics to the test? Take the six question sample DASH for the STASH quiz!

Resources for Participating Locations