The Securities Exchange Commission and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) are warning investors to make sure they truly understand the risks associated with investing in structured notes with principal protection before they get burned.

In an advisory issued late last week, the regulatory agencies caution that the while these investments have "reassuring names," they are not risk free and investors need to take the time to educate themselves about the finer details of these complex financial products.

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