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Is it worth it to file an action in FINRA if you’ve been wronged?

In April of 2014, FINRA Dispute Resolution published their Dispute Resolution Statistics detailing things such as how many cases have been filed through April of 2014, the number of cases closed, the turnaround time for cases to go through the system, mediation statistics, yearly volume comparison of cases filed,  arbitration …

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Did you purchase Bitcoins (virtual currency)? You need to read this.

The Securities and Exchange Commission charged Erik T. Voorhees, a co-owner of two Bitcoin-related websites, for publicly offering shares in two ventures (SatoshiDICE and FeedZeBirds) without registering them. Investors paid for their shares using Bitcoin, a virtual currency that can be used to purchase real world goods and services and …

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Do you qualify for simplified arbitration?

Have you lost $50,000 or less and been turned away by other securities litigation attorneys? Did you know that FINRA has a rule change that would allow those customers with losses up to $50,000 or less to file a Simplified Arbitration. Did your broker make a trade without your permission, …

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LOSSES IN REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT TRUSTS (REITS)

Did you lose money after your broker encouraged you to invest in real estate investment products to generate income or to diversify your portfolio? It is well known that real estate values have dwindled in America over the past few years.  Regardless, many banks and brokerage firms have continued to …

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LOSSES IN FANNIE MAE OR FREDDIE MAC PREFERRED STOCKS

Have you Suffered Losses in Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac Preferred Stocks? You are not alone, and many investors in Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac preferred stocks are filing claims against their brokers and brokerage firms as a result of the sales practices related to these products. For years, investment …

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LOSSES IN MORGAN KEEGAN BOND FUNDS

Have You Suffered Losses in Morgan Keegan Bond Funds? Have you purchased Morgan Keegan Bond Funds, particularly the Regions Morgan Keegan High Income Fund; Regions Morgan Keegan Multi-Sector High Income Fund; Regions Morgan Keegan Select High Income Fund; Regions Morgan Keegan Strategic Income Fund; Regions Morgan Keegan Advantage Income Fund; …

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ARE YOU A VICTIM OF SECURITIES FRAUD?

It is our experience that the majority of the victims of securities fraud simply do not take action for a number of reasons.  Such inaction is often the result of uncertainty as to what constitutes securities fraud or uncertainty as to what things brokers can, cannot, or are required to …

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THINK TWICE BEFORE TRANSFERRING YOUR VARIABLE ANNUITY TO A DIFFERENT BROKERAGE FIRM OR ANNUITY COMPANY

If you have purchased a variable annuity, or any annuity for that matter, it is likely that you do not fully understand how it works, what it does and does not offer you, or why you even purchased it in the first place. It is also very likely that your …

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LOSSES IN LEHMAN BROTHERS STRUCTURED NOTES

Have You Suffered Losses in Lehman Brothers Structured Notes Sold by UBS and Other Major Brokerage Firms? Many investors are filing claims against UBS Financial Services and other major brokerage firms alleging that they were deceived as to the risks of investing in Lehman Brothers structured notes.  Brokers pitched the …

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IRS LOSS TREATMENT FOR CERTAIN INVESTMENT LOSSES

THE AVAILABILITY OF ORDINARY LOSS TREATMENT FOR CERTAIN INVESTMENT LOSSES UNDER THE INTERNAL REVENUE CODE[1] Jeffrey P. Coleman and Jennifer R. Newsom[2] I. THE SHORTCOMINGS OF CAPITAL LOSS TREATMENT. 2 II. ESTABLISHING A THEFT UNDER FEDERAL INCOME TAX LAWS. 3 The Definition of Theft. 3 Examples of Conduct Giving Rise …

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