Top 5 Ways to Prevent Elder Financial Abuse

A recent New York Times article spotlights a renewed approach and increased legislative response to financial elder abuse. Featured in the article are personal accounts of real people whose family members and close friends have been affected by elder financial abuse. Investment fraud and financial abuse directed towards seniors and the elderly has been a … Continue reading Top 5 Ways to Prevent Elder Financial Abuse »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Zika Virus May Carry Threat of Investment Fraud

It seems that mosquitoes aren’t the only thing people will have to watch out for on the Zika front. As with any public crisis, the outbreak of the Zika virus has come with the threat of investment fraud in tow. Crooks and scam artists exploit crises like this one by preying on public anxieties. This … Continue reading Zika Virus May Carry Threat of Investment Fraud »

Fake Technology Investment Scheme Calls for Expertise from a Florida Stock Fraud Lawyer

Like many investment schemes, the opportunity to invest in a Florida technology company developing a product for the NFL sounded too good to be true. In fact, it was entirely false. Now three Florida men are in prison for their roles selling shares in the fake company. Stock fraud, also known as securities fraud, is a … Continue reading Fake Technology Investment Scheme Calls for Expertise from a Florida Stock Fraud Lawyer »