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Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITS): What You Need to Know

By Gregory Tendrich, P.A. |

Recently, the SEC Office of Investor Education and Advocacy released a bulletin to help investors better understand publicly traded Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs). REITs are an increasingly popular investment, especially in Florida. While REITs do offer considerable benefits for some investors, these complex financial products are certainly not appropriate for everyone. In this… Read More »

What to Do If You Were a Victim of Excessive Trading (Churning)?

By Gregory Tendrich, P.A. |

Recently, the SEC Office of Investor Education and Advocacy released an official alert warning investors to be on the lookout for broker excessive trading. Excessive trading, also known as churning, occurs when a broker or broker-dealer make unnecessary transactions on an investor’s account, solely for the purpose of generating increased commissions and fees for… Read More »

Investor Bulletin: Publicly Traded REITs

By Gregory Tendrich, P.A. |

The SEC’s Office of Investor Education and Advocacy is issuing this bulletin to educate investors about investing in publicly traded REITs.      What are REITs? A REIT, or real estate investment trust, is a company that owns – and typically operates – income-producing real estate or real estate-related assets.  The income-producing real estate assets owned… Read More »

Investor Alert: Excessive Trading at Investors’ Expense

By Gregory Tendrich, P.A. |

The SEC’s Office of Investor Education and Advocacy (OIEA) and Broker-Dealer Task Force are jointly issuing this Investor Alert to help investors identify excessive trading in their brokerage accounts and to educate investors about steps they should take if their brokerage firm notifies them of a high volume of trade activity in their accounts…. Read More »

Fraud Alert: SEC Brings Charges Against Former Brokers Targeting Retired Federal Workers

By Gregory Tendrich, P.A. |

On July 31st, 2017, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced that it was bringing fraud charges against four Atlanta, Georgia-area brokers who have been accused of exploiting federal retirees. These brokers collectively operated a company called Federal Employee Benefits. Here, our experienced Florida elder financial abuse attorney discusses these charges that have been… Read More »

SEC Files Complaint Against Brokers Christopher S. Laws, Jonathan D. Cooke, Danny S. Hood and Brandon P. Long at Keystone Capital Partners, Inc. d/b/a Federal Employee Benefit Counselors

By Gregory Tendrich, P.A. |

The Securities and Exchange Commission today charged four former Atlanta-area brokers with fraudulently inducing federal employees to roll over holdings from their federal Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) retirement accounts into higher-fee, variable annuity products. The SEC’s enforcement action comes at a time when the agency has been focusing more specifically on brokers’ and advisers’… Read More »

Today is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

By Gregory Tendrich, P.A. |

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau: June 15, 2017, marks the twelfth annual World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, or WEAAD. This day isn’t likely to show up on your calendar. But the staff of CFPB’s Office for Older Americans has been busy this week making presentations on preventing elder financial exploitation, one of the most… Read More »

Updated Investor Alert for Seniors: Five Red Flags of Investment Fraud

By Gregory Tendrich, P.A. |

Per Securities and Exchange Commission: Older Americans are often targets of investment fraud.  The SEC’s Office of Investor Education and Advocacy is issuing this Updated Investor Alert to help seniors identify signs that what is offered as an investment may actually be a fraud.  Below are five “red flags” seniors should look out for… Read More »

Deciding if a Financial Adviser Is Right for the Job

By Gregory Tendrich, P.A. |

By PAUL SULLIVAN JUNE 10, 2016 A few years ago, the board that administers the certified financial planner designation decided to test the idea that investors will ask pointed questions of a prospective adviser and not be fooled by a slick presentation. So the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards hired a professional D.J…. Read More »

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day: Play a part in prevention

By Gregory Tendrich, P.A. |

Good afternoon, It’s World Elder Abuse Awareness Day – it’s not a celebratory day, but rather a day to talk about preventing, identifying, and responding to elder abuse and financial exploitation. Whether you are an older adult, care for one, or simply know someone who is a senior, you can do something to prevent… Read More »

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