About Us

Our Mission

Whether you are a first-time investor or a seasoned pro, we aim to teach you how to avoid investment fraud.

Our Story

In 1911, Kansas became the first state to pass a law regulating the sale of investments (securities). A driving force for the law’s passage was an effort to prevent the sale of worthless investment opportunities promoted by “rainmakers.” These fraudsters traveled to farming communities promising the ability to create rain clouds but, in the end, produced nothing more than “blue sky.”

Other states eventually followed Kansas’ lead by passing similar regulatory laws. State securities laws all pay a subtle tribute to Kansas history in their commonly known name, “Blue Sky Laws.”

As the state regulator for the securities industry, the Office of the Securities Commissioner was established to serve the public by helping Kansans safeguard personal wealth from deceptive behavior. This civic mission was the reason behind the creation of the Smart Invest KS initiative.

Our website promotes fraud prevention and investor education. It is designed to promote integrity within the investment industry and empower rookie & veteran investors alike.

Leading the way

In 1911, Kansas became the first state to pass a law regulating the sale of investments (securities). A driving force for the law’s passage was an effort to prevent the sale of worthless investment opportunities promoted by “rainmakers.” These fraudsters traveled to farming communities promising the ability to create rain clouds but, in the end, produced nothing more than “blue sky.”

Other states eventually followed Kansas’ lead by passing similar regulatory laws. State securities laws all pay a subtle tribute to Kansas history in their commonly known name, “Blue Sky Laws.”

Protecting Kansans

As the state regulator for the securities industry, the Office of the Securities Commissioner was established to serve the public by helping Kansans safeguard personal wealth from deceptive behavior. This civic mission was the reason behind the creation of the Smart Invest KS initiative.

Educating Investors

Our website promotes fraud prevention and investor education. It is designed to promote integrity within the investment industry and empower rookie & veteran investors alike.

SmartInvestKS.com is an investor empowerment initiative brought to you by the Office of the Kansas Securities Commissioner, a division of the Kansas Insurance Department.

We are Smart Invest KS