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- Testify before FINRA? No thanks, I’ll take a bar
- Some 53 registered reps so far this year have committed what many might consider the ultimate act of regulatory insubordination: they ignored FINRA’s requests for information or declined to give on-the-record testimony knowing that doing so would get them barred from the industry. While such an act may seem like career suicide, it can in […]
- Finra Moves to Fill Chairperson Gaps
- Self-regulator Finra held in May the first of a series of recruitment events this year for arbitrators who could potentially serve as chairpersons of arbitration panels that serve as de facto judges in cases filed by investors or industry participants. The chairperson arbitrator recruitment event in Las Vegas, attended by FA-IQ, gathered around 70 prospects. ...
- L.A.’s Wedbush charged with failing to supervise stockbroker who SEC says was involved in penny-stock scam
- L.A.’s biggest stockbrokerage ignored or didn’t properly investigate warning signs that one of its brokers was pushing clients to invest in a pump-and-dump scheme, the Securities and Exchange Commission alleged Tuesday. The commission charged Wedbush Inc., based in downtown Los Angeles, with failing to properly supervise a former broker ...
- Volatility Trade Losses - VIX, XIV, SVXY, ZIV, VMIN
- In the last few years volatility has been the hottest trade on Wall Street. Banks have cobbled together investments linked to volatility in the stock market, these products have grown in size. Now with the most recent downturn in the markets investors face stiff losses as a result of a moment in the VIX.
- 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.
- LJM Preservation and Growth Fund Losses
- LJM Partners, a Chicago-based hedge fund, suffered losses on spiking volatility, a trade that has claimed more than one scalp in the last few trading days. Their mutual fund, known as the LJM Preservation and Growth Fund, collapsed by 82 percent over the last week and was closed to new capital on Wednesday.