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Understanding the tactics scammers use is an important step to take when protecting yourself from becoming a victim of investment fraud. The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) recently ... Continue reading "Protect Your Hard-Earned Money by Learning How Boiler Room Scams Work" »
Under current FINRA rules, brokers are allowed to remove disciplinary actions filed against them for years from public records, however new rules will prevent that in the future. Proposed changes ... Continue reading "FINRA Changes Would Make it Harder for Brokers to Hide the Past" »
Unethical financial brokers and advisors often skim millions of dollars from clients' investment accounts without their knowledge to support personal gain. In most cases, unethical brokers and ... Continue reading "Is Your Advisor Skimming Funds from Your Investment Accounts?" »
While nobody likes losing money in the stock market, recent sharp market declines may reveal unsuitable investments in your portfolio, giving you an opportunity to assess the investment strategy ... Continue reading "Recent Stock Market Losses May Reveal Unsuitable Investments in Your Portfolio" »

SEC Shuts Down Reported ICO Scam

The United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) recently shut down a reportedly fraudulent initial coin offering (ICO) that was targeting retail investors in order to fund that it called ... Continue reading "SEC Shuts Down Reported ICO Scam" »
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is creating a website with a searchable database that lists suspended or barred brokers who have committed federal securities law violations. The database ... Continue reading "Is Your Broker on the SEC Naughty List?" »

Is Your Broker Making you Broker?

Financial advisors sometimes give bad investment advice to promote their own self-interest. Focus on higher commissions and lack of investment knowledge can result in significant financial loss for ... Continue reading "Is Your Broker Making you Broker?" »
When a financial advisor's behavior falls below the accepted standard of practice in the financial services industry, he/she may be committing financial malpractice, a form of professional ... Continue reading "Is Your Financial Advisor Committing Malpractice?" »
Negligent and unscrupulous brokers and financial advisors often make unsuitable recommendations for buying Class B shares of mutual funds to make higher commissions. Such recommendations often result ... Continue reading "Unsuitable Recommendations for Purchasing Class B Shares" »
Bernie Madoff was arrested for stealing $64.8 billion from investors in the single largest Ponzi scheme in United States history less than a decade ago, but Americans are still falling prey to these ... Continue reading "Ponzi Schemes Continue to Destroy the Financial Lives of Americans Every Day" »
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) recently issued an investor warning regarding online paid-to-click scams that promise easy cash in exchange for purchasing a membership upfront. The SEC ... Continue reading "SEC Issues Warning Over Paid-to-Click Scams" »

The 10 Most Common Investment Scams

Scammers have spent millennia refining old schemes and creating new ones to separate a mark from their money. While people are constantly testing out new ideas in an attempt to strike gold, the main ... Continue reading "The 10 Most Common Investment Scams" »

Three Scams to Keep an Eye Out For

It’s just about time to put on a costume and go out trick or treating, but full-sized candy bars aren’t the only targets out there this time of year. Fraudsters are out in full force ... Continue reading "Three Scams to Keep an Eye Out For" »
Wall Street is not doing enough to protect senior investors. Financial regulators warn that senior financial fraud is on the rise, and brokerages and financial advisors are responsible for not doing ... Continue reading "Are Brokerages and Advisors Doing Enough to Protect Seniors?" »
Understanding investment and broker fees can protect investments and increase returns. Investment expenses have a big impact on financial returns, especially over a long period of time. Common ... Continue reading "Do You Understand the Fees Your Broker is Charging?" »
The Senate voted 51-50 on Tuesday, October 24 to repeal a rule put in place by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) that banned mandatory arbitration clauses in certain financial contracts. ... Continue reading "Congress Votes in the Middle of the Night to Give Big Banks Immunity from Lawsuits" »
Once you have made the decision to hire a financial professional to help manage your investments, you will notice that some of these people may have a number of letters following their name. In the ... Continue reading "What You Need To Know About Financial Designations" »
The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) recently released a statement warning investors that a number of non-lawyer representatives have exploited customer claimants they represented in ... Continue reading "FINRA Issues Warning Over Non-Lawyer Arbitration Representatives" »
Loaded mutual funds charge investors sales fees that compensate the broker for his/her services when accounts are open or closed. These fees often benefit the broker more than the investor. Loaded ... Continue reading "Is Your Broker Cheating You with Loaded Mutual Funds?" »
By law, investment advisors who give clients advice and recommendations on investments have a fiduciary duty to act in their clients' best interest. All conflicts of interest must be disclosed ... Continue reading "Did Your Adviser Put Your Best Interests First?" »
The law firm of Meyer Wilson has successfully represented numerous investors in recent years who suffered significant losses in energy-related stocks, master limited partnerships (MLPs), and other ... Continue reading "Energy Investors Continue to Lose Money in 2017; Investors May Be Able to Recover Their Losses in FINRA Arbitration" »
The investment fraud attorneys at the Meyer Wilson law firm have seen an increase in instances of brokerage firm customers, particularly retirees and senior investors, being sold shares of business ... Continue reading "Meyer Wilson Investigating Investor Losses in Business Development Companies" »

New Fiduciary Rule Protection

The new federal fiduciary rule requires financial advisors to act in the best interest of their clients when handling retirement assets. The rule applies to all financial advisors and registered ... Continue reading "New Fiduciary Rule Protection" »
Like a vulture circling its prey, scammers flock to disaster as a prime target to break out a new scheme. With the waters from Hurricane Harvey still flooding the streets of Houston and the ... Continue reading "Stay Alert for Stock Fraud Following Hurricane Harvey" »

Understanding Initial Coin Offerings

Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) are sometimes used by startup companies to raise capital by creating a new virtual token or coin. It is then offered for sale and disseminated to buyers using distributed ... Continue reading "Understanding Initial Coin Offerings" »
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