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- Investor Plaintiff Lawyers Expect More Victories With DOL Rule
- Investor plaintiffs’ lawyers say the Department of Labor’s fiduciary rule will give them some extra leverage in winning damages from arbitration panels—but they don’t expect a huge windfall. The DOL rule gives investors the right to file arbitrations or class-action claims for violations of the rule, giving rise to industry concerns about increased ...
- Finra Wants to Expand Arbitrator Pool Choices
- The securities industry’s self-funded watchdog is moving forward with a rule to bump up the number of arbitrators available to be selected for panels judging claims against brokers. In a filing to the SEC earlier this month, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority proposed to increase to 15 from 10 the number of “public” arbitrator ...
- Finra Starved For Arbitrators For Complaints
- Investor plaintiff lawyers are increasingly ditching industry arbitrators in favor of using all-public panels, a trend that is again raising questions about whether Finra has enough public arbitrators to meet demand. Since 2008, when Finra began a pilot program allowing investors to choose all-public arbitration panels, about half of eligible customers ...
- Asset Allocation
- Asset allocation involves dividing an investment portfolio among different asset categories, such as stocks, bonds, and cash. The recent market volatility has exposed imprudent allocations in accounts that have resulted in significant losses to many investors. When asked about why account values have dropped, brokers often respond by blaming it on the market instead of recognizing that inappropriate allocations are actually to blame.
- Oil and Gas Investment Schemes
- Oil and gas investment scams are alive and well. High oil prices have created a heightened interest in investments in energy-related business ventures. Most oil and gas investment opportunities, while involving varying degrees of risks to the investor, are legitimate in their marketing and responsible in their operations. However, as in many other investment opportunities, it is not unusual for unscrupulous promoters to attempt to take advantage of investors by engaging in fraudulent practices.
- Merrill Lynch Market-Linked Notes
- Market-Linked Notes were recommended by Merrill Lynch financial advisors to customers as a stable source of income. Many investors did not adequately understand or comprehend the risks associated with Market-Linked Notes or how they worked. In many instances, Market-Linked Note investments tracked oil prices, energy pipelines, or commodity baskets and have resulted in significant investor losses.