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New Rule May Have Big Impact on Older Investor Claimants

New Rule May Have Big Impact on Older Investor Claimants

According to a recent announcement from FINRA’s Office of Dispute Resolution, they are drafting a new rule which would tag cases involving claimants 75 years or older for expediting processing. FINRA already has expedited processing available for 65 year or older or sick claimants — but the deadlines that generally determine the timing of the arbitration do not change. FINRA’s new rule would tackle that problem and hopefully greatly improve how quickly expedited claims move through the process by changing — ie, shortening — the actual deadlines.

3 "Golden Rules" for Better Financial Self-Defense

3 "Golden Rules" for Better Financial Self-Defense

In the many dozens of securities litigation cases we have worked on for investors, we have noticed that, when it comes to protecting yourself against broker misconduct and financial fraud, there several "golden rules" which, if regularly observed, would prevent the vast majority of abuses in the securities industry. 

Broker Best Interest Regulations Fall Short

Broker Best Interest Regulations Fall Short

In order to reform the system, investor advocacy groups have suggested the SEC enhance the standard to which brokerages and brokers are held with regard to investor best interests. Currently the standard is based on the necessity of matching investor and investment through a concept known as "suitability." Investor advocates like PIABA, however, want to raise the bar to the "best interest” standard.

Unpaid Awards Plague FINRA Arbitration Forum

Unpaid Awards Plague FINRA Arbitration Forum

Recently, FINRA created a task force to study the problem and discovered that, in the five years from 2012 through 2016, a total of 268 awards (27% of the cases where investors were successful) or $199 million in awards (29% of total damages awarded to investors) have gone unpaid, the report states.

FINRA Targets Rogue Brokers with History of Abuse

FINRA Targets Rogue Brokers with History of Abuse

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) has released a serious of proposals aimed at implementing tougher supervisory protocols on brokers with a history of misconduct. Sponsoring brokerages would be forced to institute heightened supervisory measures on these brokers or be held responsible for any subsequent transgressions.

Ask Your Broker These Key Questions

Ask Your Broker These Key Questions

According to the Economic Policy Institute (EPI), undisclosed conflicts of interest between investors and advisors costs investors an estimated $17 billion per year. The EPI came to this estimate by calculating the amount of investment losses for people who bought retirement products on recommendation from advisors who were paid on commission; many of these products were either more expensive or risky than was absolutely necessary.

FINRA Fines Citigroup $11.5 Million for Inaccurate Info to Customers, Brokers

FINRA Fines Citigroup $11.5 Million for Inaccurate Info to Customers, Brokers

From February 2011 to December 2015, Citigroup displayed to investors, brokers, and supervisors inaccurate ratings related to more than 1,800 equities, or more than 38% covered by the firm. These mistakes included the wrong execution recommendations (“buy” instead of “sell”); ratings which were mixed up between securities; or non-ratings for securities which were actually rated.

Securities Industry and the "Best Interest Standard" for Investors

Securities Industry and the "Best Interest Standard" for Investors

For decades, broker dealers and financial advisors were only required to uphold their “fiduciary duty” toward client-investors. Now the US Department of Labor and FINRA are working together to enforce a higher standard of care - the "best interest standard." But is it really a higher standard?

FINRA Broker Disciplinary Action Report: April 2016

FINRA Broker Disciplinary Action Report: April 2016

Each month and again on a quarterly basis, the agency that regulates the financial industry, FINRA (Financial Industry Regulatory Authority), produces a detailed report that runs down all disciplinary actions recently taken against brokerage firms and brokers. This long list of alleged wrongdoing and misconduct reads a lot like a police blotter. We strongly encourage any investor who suspects their broker and/or broker-dealer of having lost them money on dubious terms to at least skim this report to see if you recognize any names, schemes, products, or securities.