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August 1, 2011
Sanford C. Bernstein & Co., LLC, Multi-Strategy Fixed Income Hedge Fund Losses

Sanford C. Bernstein & Co., LLC, through its investment manager, Alliance Capital Management, LP, sold a proprietary hedge fund, called the Multi-Strategy Fixed Income Hedge Fund. The Multi-Strategy Fixed Income Fund was sold by Sanford C. Bernstein & Co., LLC as an alternative to traditional fixed income. Sanford Bernstein stressed that the Multi-strategy Fund would […]

August 1, 2011
FINRA Warns About Risky Investments

In an article from InvestmentNews.com, on July 25, 2011, Dan Jamieson writes that FINRA has warned investors about chasing yield with structured products, junk bonds and floating-rate bank-loan funds. The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) issued an investor alert about the risks found in these and other products. The alert was prompted by "significant recent inflows" […]

July 30, 2011
Did you Purchase Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac Preferred Stock?

Soreide Law Group, PLLC, is filing claims on behalf of Morgan Stanley Smith Barney clients that were sold Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac preferred stocks in 2007 and 2008.  Despite internal limitations to recommend no more than 10% of an investor's portfolio in preferred stocks, Morgan Stanley Smith Barney investors were sold Fannie Mae and Freddie […]

July 22, 2011
Did You Sustain Losses from "Principal Protected Notes?"

There are many questions about how Wall Street marketed a very complex product, sold as solid and secure, now emerging in investor arbitration cases. The product is named, incorrectly as it turns out, “100 percent principal protected  notes.” Securities regulators had warned brokerage firms that they should take special care when selling PPN's and other structured products to retail customers […]

July 21, 2011
FINRA Suspends Former NEXT Financial Broker, for Two Years for Improper Trading in Customer Accounts

WASHINGTON —It was announced July 20, 2011, on FINRA's website that The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) has suspended William Bailey, a former NEXT Financial Group, Inc. broker of Mesa, Arizona, from the securities industry for two years for unsuitable and excessive trading of mutual funds and variable annuities. Bailey also engaged in discretionary trading without […]

July 21, 2011
FLORIDA OFR FINES BROWARD COUNTY INVESTMENT ADVISER $117,500 AND REVOKES REGISTRATION FOR DEFRAUDING VULNERABLE INVESTOR

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – On The Florida Office of Financial Regulation's website it was announced, July 21, 2011, that The Florida Office of Financial Regulation (OFR) issued a final order on May 26, 2011, against investment adviser James Paul Birmingham (“Birmingham”) (CRD # 222511) and his Broward County companies Birmingham Investments and Birmingham Capital Advisors, LLC for […]

July 21, 2011
Massachusetts is Suing RBC Capital, and Former Representative over Leveraged ETF Sale

In a June 20, 2011, article from Bloomberg News, it was reported that Massachusetts' top securities regulator is suing RBC Capital Markets LLC and one of its former registered representatives over the sale of leveraged exchange-traded funds, saying they sold them to clients who didn't understand how the investments worked. The Massachusetts Secretary of the […]

July 13, 2011
Wedbush ordered to pay $3.5M by FINRA for ‘morally reprehensible failure' to Pay Muni Trader Owed Years of Incentive Compensation

In a July, 2011, article by Liz Skinner for InvestmentNews.com, she writes that Wedbush Securities Inc. was ordered to pay a former municipal sales trader Stephen Kelleher $3.5 million for failing to give him years worth of incentive-based compensation he was owed. A three-person Financial Industry Regulatory Authority Inc. (FINRA) panel found the firm's “morally […]

July 13, 2011
SEC, FINRA Issue Retail Investor Alert Re: Investing in Structured Notes With Principal Protection

The following article was posted on FINRA's website: WASHINGTON — It was announced that The Securities and Exchange Commission's (SEC) Office of Investor Education and Advocacy and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) have issued an investor alert called Structured Notes with Principal Protection: Note the Terms of Your Investment to educate investors about the risks […]

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