Common Online Trading Myths

Nowadays, online trading has become a preferred method for many investors. From casual, at-home investors to more seasoned investors, online trading provides an accessible and efficient platform for securities trading. While online trading has grown in popularity, there are still some common misconceptions about it. You may have heard someone telling you that online trading … Continue reading Common Online Trading Myths »

Bad Actors: Tips for Spotting the Financial Industry’s Bad Apples

We’ve all seen bad actors in movies and T.V., but did you know that bad actors can be found on Wall Street and other financial industry institutions? The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) recently released a statement outlining the need for checks-and-balances against bad actors.   What are bad actors? FINRA defines a bad actor … Continue reading Bad Actors: Tips for Spotting the Financial Industry’s Bad Apples »

What to Know About Shortened Securities Transaction Settlement Cycles

Last week, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) amended standing rules regarding broker-dealer securities transaction settlement cycles. The new rules shorten the amount of time between when an investment transaction is placed and when it is actually processed. Previously, the transaction settlement cycle was set as “T+3”. This refers to the time, in days, that … Continue reading What to Know About Shortened Securities Transaction Settlement Cycles »

Investors and Traders Await Interest Rate Hikes

Rate hikes on the way The Federal Reserve recently announced that interest rate hikes likely, causing trading and investing to slow. Fed Chairwoman, Janet Yellen will most likely announce increases later this week, with several more expected throughout 2017. Rates will likely increase 0.75-1.00 percent, initially, according to a Reuters report. The Fed’s announcement considerably … Continue reading Investors and Traders Await Interest Rate Hikes »

Why it Matters That NYSE is Expanding Securities Trading

By the end of 2017, the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) will open up its trading floor to all U.S. securities. Currently, NYSE restricts securities trading on the floor to the top 3,166 stocks, according to a Reuters report. The change means that, now, up to 8,600 securities can be traded by floor brokers. So, … Continue reading Why it Matters That NYSE is Expanding Securities Trading »

Brokerage Firms Fail to Protect Consumer Records

The Financial Industry Regulation Authority (FINRA) announced fines against 12 securities firms for their failure to accurately protect consumer records. FINRA carried out fines, totaling $14.4 million, against 12 securities brokerage firms, including some of the largest-backed firms in the country. FINRA found that these firms storing broker-dealer and consumer records without precautions in place … Continue reading Brokerage Firms Fail to Protect Consumer Records »

Inexperienced Investors Targeted in Day-Trading Scam

Last week, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) charged two individuals in a fake day-trading scheme targeting inexperienced investors. According to the SEC’s press release, the two men in question scammed investors out of more than $1.4 million through the operation of a false day-trading investment firm. Luring Investors with Day-Trading The scammers lured investors … Continue reading Inexperienced Investors Targeted in Day-Trading Scam »

Settling Broker-Dealer/Customer Disputes

Ever wonder about how customer disputes are resolved between investors and broker-dealers? Is a lawsuit necessary? Do you need to hire a lawyer? Settling Customer Disputes Usually, disputes over securities brokerage/trading are settled through arbitration as opposed to traditional litigation. Though arbitration is the primary form of dispute resolution, mediation may also be used as … Continue reading Settling Broker-Dealer/Customer Disputes »

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 »