The arbitration clause can be found in virtually all the account opening documents used by registered broker-dealers. Maybe your financial advisor or stock broker pointed it out to you — maybe not. Chances are extremely good, however, that you signed this clause and are now bound to resolve any disputes through arbitration.
As a vast sector of the US population reaches old age and the systems in place to supervise its care remain inadequate, instances of elder abuse will continue to rise. This includes not only the physical and emotional abuse of the elderly in nursing homes and care facility, but also financial exploitation and abuse at the hands of family, friends, caregivers, and financial advisors.
Elder abuse is everywhere, though; not just on the news. One of the reasons for the growing problem is that the largest and wealthiest generation in American history — the Baby Boomers — have retired and are aging. Meanwhile, their children and grandchildren may be struggling. This is a recipe for disaster and exploitation that regulators and legislators have been working diligently to solve before it gets any worse.
According to a report by the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, the Catholic Church in the United States spent a staggering more than $300 million on costs related to the clergy sexual abuse crisis. The report, which surveyed costs between June 2017 and June 2018, including nearly $200 million in legal settlements.
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) adopted a rule to protect investors from bad brokers. The “Regulation Best Interest” (or BI) is the SEC’s answer to the Obama administration’s planned “fiduciary rule,” which the Trump administration killed. But will the Best Interest rule really be in the best interest of investors?
In an upcoming program directed at the general public, the SEC Philly office, in conjunction with the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), the Pennsylvania Department of Banking and Securities, and Temple University’s Institute on Protective Services, will share the latest on the products, strategies, and scams that most affect elderly investors.
Two related bills are up for consideration in Harrisburg, both of which may pass in the House in upcoming days. This week, the House Judiciary Committee voted overwhelmingly for a bill that would remove the statue of limitations for child sexual abuse crimes and for a constitutional amendment that would permit child sexual-abuse lawsuits that would otherwise be outdated during a two-year period.
The bill that would open the window for claims passed the Pennsylvania House of Representatives last month and now awaits Senate review. There are only a few days left in this term for voting on the bill in Harrisburg, so Representative Rozzi of Berks County, who was raped by a priest, and his supporters have ramped up the pressure in Bucks County.
Following its warning two years ago, Stryker recently updated the public about the LFIT Anatomic CoCr V40TM product line, and the news is not good. Stryker again warned orthopedic surgeons implanting the femoral heads that the risk continues to be "higher than expected" and in addition the company added eight more catalog numbers to its official recall list.
Investment advisors and financial advisors are held to different standards of accountability when it comes to the investments they make on behalf of clients. Investment advisors have long been held to what is called the "fiduciary standard." Find out what the difference means for you and your money.
Even as reports continue to confirm that abuse and neglect in local nursing homes is a major issue facing our elderly, the Trump administration has elected to scale back fines against nursing homes that harm or jeopardize the well-being of residents.