Tag: FINRA

Securities Regulators Scrutinize Potentially Unethical Commissions

Anyone contemplating an investment in a private or unlisted Real Estate Investment Trust, or REIT, should consider the motivations of the broker and brokerage firm hawking it. Unlisted REITs are investments that aren’t traded on the New York Stock Exchange or Nasdaq market. As such, they can be difficult for investors to sell and difficult for investors to value. To overcome marketplace concerns, the managers and operators of private REITs […]

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Vernon Litigation Group and Dovin Malkin & Ficken Law Firms File Another Multimillion Dollar Claim in FINRA Arbitration, Including REITs Sold by Paul Larsen, on Behalf of a Physician and His Wife in FINRA Arbitration

NAPLES, Fla., Oct. 4, 2013 — This week, the law firms of Vernon Litigation Group and Dovin Malkin & Ficken filed another multimillion dollar FINRA arbitration relating to the sale of high-commission, high-risk, and illiquid products, including non-traded REITs. These products were sold by financial advisor Paul Larsen. Due to the actions of Larsen—as well as the compliance breakdowns in supervising Larsen—a physician and his wife of more than 50 years are now […]

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Regulators giving increased scrutiny to ETNs in wake of volatility

JPMorgan has announced that it has stopped issuing shares in its Alerian MLP exchange-traded note. Regulators at the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority have already announced that they are giving increased scrutiny to the ways in which ETNs are sold to consumers, according to a report in Investment News. The regulatory interest came following the closure of another ETN. In that situation, Credit Suisse VelocityShares […]

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SEC exec recognizes some brokers don’t even understand all the products they’re selling

Financial conflicts of interest are rampant with both big and small broker-dealers. This results in broker-dealers selling products without adequate due diligence or even reckless or fraudulent due diligence.    This often leads to financial advisors selling products without adequate or accurate information and, at times, selling products they don’t even understand.  An SEC executive seems to now agree.   According to a story in Investment News today, Julius Leiman-Carbia, associate director […]

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