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Category Archives: Stockbroker Fraud

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 »

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 »

FINRA Sanctions MetLife Securities, Inc. $25 Million for Negligent Misrepresentations and Omissions in Connection With Variable Annuity Replacements

By Gregory Tendrich, P.A. |

If you invested in a MetLife variable annuity and have suffered losses or have questions regarding this investment, please call for a free consultation at 561-475-1332 today. In addition to MetLife variable annuities, we regularly handle cases involving unsuitable investments, churning, hedge funds, Ponzi schemes, securities arbitration, broker fraud, misrepresentation, exploitation of the elderly, and… Read More »

Investor Bulletin: 10 Investment Tips for 2016

By Gregory Tendrich, P.A. |

Whether you are a first-time investor or have been investing for years, here are ten tips from the SEC’s Office of Investor Education and Advocacy to help you make more informed investing decisions and avoid common scams in 2016. Always check the background of an investment professional − it is easy and free. Details… Read More »

FINRA Bans Broker for “Churning” Customer Accounts

By Gregory Tendrich, P.A. |

A stockbroker has an ethical and legal duty to make “suitable” investments with your money. The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), the self-regulatory organization for brokerage firms in the United States, explains this duty in its Rule 2111. Specifically, the rule says a broker must “have a reasonable basis to believe that a recommended… Read More »

Florida Man Settles SEC Charges Arising from “Boiler Room” Scam

By Gregory Tendrich, P.A. |

On August 21, a West Palm Beach resident agreed to settle charges brought by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission over his alleged operation of a “boiler room” fraud which reportedly scammed investors out of more than $1.5 million. According to a complaint filed by the SEC with a federal court in Philadelphia, Moshe… Read More »

What Investors Should Know About Recent Stock Market Volatility

By Gregory Tendrich, P.A. |

August was a tough month for many investors, as several major stock indexes posted their steepest declines in more than three years. Prompted by a sell-off in the Chinese stock markets which began in mid-June, American investors are now experiencing a resurgence in “volatility” with respect to their own portfolios. Such volatility also raises… Read More »

Citigroup Affiliates to Repay Investors $180M After SEC Investigation

By Gregory Tendrich, P.A. |

On August 17, two affiliates of Citigroup agreed to pay nearly $180 million in restitution and fines to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission as part of a settlement arising from two now-defunct hedge funds. According to an SEC administrative order, the two funds misled thousands of investors as to their actual risks. When… Read More »

SEC Sanctions Broker Who Defrauded Investors in Real Estate Company

By Gregory Tendrich, P.A. |

Many people rely on family and friends for investment advice. While there is nothing wrong with this, it is important to always do your own homework before trusting someone else—even someone you think you know—with your money. Securities fraud schemes often rely on misplaced trust by inexperienced investors. For example, the U.S. Securities and… Read More »

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