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- Finra’s Proposed Ban On Expungements No Surprise
- This week, Finra proposed a rule that would prohibit brokers from removing customer complaints and certain arbitrations that are more than a year old. The action by Finra addresses a growing number of brokers who are asking to have old complaints erased. As Financial Advisor reported in July, the number of brokers seeking to clean up old disciplinary ...
- Wedbush Securities, once again, in trouble with regulators
- From time to time, this column focuses on firms and individuals in the investment advice business who continue to screw up — those who seem destined to repeat the past and harm investors, damage their own reputations or both. It can be maddening. Watch the financial advice business long enough, and the same questions arise […]
- Wells Fargo ordered to repay customers who lost money on complex securities
- An investment industry regulator has ordered Wells Fargo to pay $3.4 million to brokerage customers who lost money buying complicated securities that even Wells Fargo brokers didn’t fully understand. The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, or Finra, said Monday that some Wells Fargo representatives mistakenly thought a kind of complex security ...
- 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.