securities litigation

Regulator Rules and Tools for Every Retail Investor

Regulator Rules and Tools for Every Retail Investor

FINRA is far from a shadowy regulatory agency. They do their best to find themselves in the public eye, if only to keep investors informed on current regulations and scams. They also keep an exhaustive database of the professional records of all registered broker-dealers and financial advisors; the database is online and searchable. FINRA’s BrokerCheck is a mighty tool for investors seeking to learn more about their advisors; it’s one of many tools and rules that investors can use to protect themselves against fraud and malfeasance.

Is Your Broker to Blame for Excessive Losses in the Stock Market?

Is Your Broker to Blame for Excessive Losses in the Stock Market?

The last few months have been a difficult time for many investors. The stock market has taken a major dive, closing out 2018 with the worst performing December since The Great Depression. With so much volatility, it’s crucial that investors have a carefully planned portfolio with an adequate amount of diversification. Above all, that portfolio should match the individual investors risk tolerance and investment objectives. That match must be valid from the day it was made until today. A portfolio that worked for an individual investor in a bull market may be a terrible match for that same person in a bear market.

How to Tell If A Potential Broker Is Good or Bad

How to Tell If A Potential Broker Is Good or Bad

One big reason brokerage firms severing ties with a particular broker is that investors tend to be loyal to brokers over brokerage firms. In defaming departing brokers, brokerage firms may be trying to pry departing customers away from their financial advisors in order to keep them for themselves.

Financial Scams Targeting the Elderly: A Growing Problem

Financial Scams Targeting the Elderly: A Growing Problem

As baby boomers hit retirements, bringing with them the largest amount of wealth a single generation has ever possessed, regulators at the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) foresee an ever growing number of financial scams designed to separate boomers from their hard-earned savings.

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.

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.

The Dirty Secret of the Securities Industry

The Dirty Secret of the Securities Industry

There’s a universe of advice and information out there for investors looking to educate and protect themselves. Tune in to MSNBC or visit TheStreet.com and you’ll find a million answers to million different questions related to investing intelligently. But for all this “noise” about investing, there is some basic, critical information you probably will not hear about that could make all the difference to your financial well-being.

Elder Financial Health Impacts US Economy, says Philly Fed Chief

Elder Financial Health Impacts US Economy, says Philly Fed Chief

As the baby boomer generation ages, the financial exploitation of older Americans becomes more and more of a problem. It not only affects individual wealth and security, but it has a ripple effect that extends outward to families, society and the national economy.

New Hampshire to LPL: Alt Investments Must Be Suitable

New Hampshire to LPL: Alt Investments Must Be Suitable

A recent lawsuit by the state of New Hampshire against LPL Financial, one of the nation’s largest networks of broker-dealers, should be setting off alarm bells among investors who were recommended non-traded REITs and other alternative investments by their brokers.