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 »

Big Banks: Lesson (Un)Learned

The Cause Big banks on Wall Street had been left unchecked for too long and the introduction of sub-prime lending tactics sealed the fate of U.S. financial stability. A culture of smoke-and-mirrors misleading consumers, coupled with a dire lack of regulatory oversight allowed big banks to run rampant. Years of bad banking tactics caught up … Continue reading Big Banks: Lesson (Un)Learned »

Fed Leaves Interest Rates Unchanged

Low Interest Rates Remain The Federal Reserve has decided to leave interest rates alone for the foreseeable future, according to a report from Reuters. Despite the fact that a target rate-hike was announced last December, the Fed has deferred any increases as part of a long-term plan to reignite the U.S. economy. President of the … Continue reading Fed Leaves Interest Rates Unchanged »