Aidikoff, Uhl & Bakhtiari is an “AV” rated law firm with a worldwide practice representing individuals and institutions in disputes with Wall Street and the financial services industry. Attorneys for the firm regularly appear before the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) which was created in 2007 through the consolidation of the National Association of Securities Dealers (NASD) and New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) enforcement and arbitration divisions, as well as in numerous state and federal courts to resolve financial disputes between customers, employees, banks, brokerage firms, insurance companies and other members of the financial services industry.
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- S.E.C. Inertia on Paybacks Adds to Investor Harm
- In August 2015, the S.E.C. struck a settlement with Citigroup over an exotic investment strategy involving municipal bonds that the bank sold to clients from 2002 to 2008. When securities laws are broken and investors get hurt, the Securities and Exchange Commission often rides to the rescue, using its regulatory muscle to extract penalties that can ...
- Advisers spar with Wells Fargo over growth award bonus program
- Two law firms are pursuing FINRA arbitration claims on behalf of former Wells Fargo advisers who say they were cheated out of their “growth award” bonuses. The firms claim the bank engaged in patterns of conduct to deprive advisers of the bonus program it created to reward them for meeting revenue growth targets. Some advisers […]
- Client wins $262K arbitration award from Wells Fargo
- A FINRA arbitration panel has ordered Wells Fargo Advisors to pay a former client more than $262,000 for failing to promptly liquidate his brokerage account, according to a recent FINRA filing and details provided by the client’s lawyer. Jeffrey Ball, a Los Angeles psychologist, gave the firm written instructions to close the account because he ...
- 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.