FTC stabs at a class of alternative medicine, states it’s not backed by modern science, and there should be disclaimers.

On November 16, 2016, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) issued an enforcement policy about a form of alternative medicine: homeopathy. The FTC stated that homeopathy is not substantiated by competent and reliable scientific evidence. It went on to state that homeopathic “medicines” might not be deceptive if the advertisement or label effectively communicates that: 1) … Continue reading FTC stabs at a class of alternative medicine, states it’s not backed by modern science, and there should be disclaimers. »

Financial Securities Firm Left Customers Vulnerable

Insecure Financial Securities Last week, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) handed out a $650,000 fine to a broker-dealer in the Lincoln Financial Network. The industry watchdog group found that the independent broker-dealer in Lincoln Financial’s network allowed thousands of customers’ data to be exposed to foreign hackers. Similarly FINRA also found that Lincoln Financial Securities Corp. … Continue reading Financial Securities Firm Left Customers Vulnerable »

Top Investment Scams

We’ve talked a lot about investment scams in the past. Fraudsters are always finding new ways to take advantage of unwitting investors. However, there are several top investment scams that fraudsters favor and which serve as the basis for many new types of investment fraud. Investors should recognize most of these, but being able to … Continue reading Top Investment Scams »

SEC Warns of Form 4 Investment Scams

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has announced that investors should be on the lookout for fraudulent claims using Forms 4. A Form 4 is filed when investment insiders (officers, directors and anyone holding 10% or more in company securities) execute transactions. A Form 4, which must be filed within two days following a transaction, … Continue reading SEC Warns of Form 4 Investment Scams »

What to Know About Your Investment Broker

Anytime you decide to invest, you always do background research on the asset or security, right? It is important to know the why and how of an asset or security’s performance before deciding to invest. Shouldn’t this be the same for your investment broker? Whatever security in which you invest, it is important to know … Continue reading What to Know About Your Investment Broker »

5 Ways to Recover Your Financial Investments

Risk-taking is a natural part of making financial investments These should be calculated risks, though; risks based on performance projections of whatever is being invested in. Though financial investments should not include those unforeseen or unaccounted for risks like fraud, investors are constantly facing it. In the event that your financial investments fall prey to … Continue reading 5 Ways to Recover Your Financial Investments »

SEC Gets a Hand in Brokerage Oversight

Brokerage oversight is getting a fresh pair of eyes This week, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) indicated that it would be calling on a need for more oversight from its financial regulation partner, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA). The decision to shift responsibility comes with an SEC initiative to devote more energies towards … Continue reading SEC Gets a Hand in Brokerage Oversight »

Pros and Cons to Forming an LLC

What is an LLC? You have a marketable skill or talent and want to start your own business. You have heard the term “LLC” before and you know it has something to do with small-business. You might even know that LLC stands for limited-liability company, but what exactly does that mean? There are a lot … Continue reading Pros and Cons to Forming an LLC »

Morgan Stanley Ethical Conduct in Question

Bad Week for Big Banks Some of the nation’s top banks are facing another bad week, legally and financially as they are subjected to increased scrutiny and demand for reparations from federal regulators. Wells Fargo faces a continued inquest into the extent of its accounts fraud scandal as regional and municipal governments, including Hillsborough County, … Continue reading Morgan Stanley Ethical Conduct in Question »