The responsibilities of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission

By | November 1st, 2019|Categories: Investors|Tags: , , , , , |

Click here to read our post about the history and mission of the SEC. The SEC breaks down its responsibilities into five major categories on its website: “Interpret and enforce federal securities laws;” “Issue new rules and amend existing rules;” “Oversee the inspection of securities firms, brokers, investment advisers, and ratings agencies;” “Oversee the inspection [...]

The history and mission of the U.S. Securities and Exchange

By | November 1st, 2019|Categories: General Legal Information|Tags: , , , , |

Say “Wall Street” to anyone and you’ll probably hear the words “money,” “stocks,” “brokers,” and even “greed” as a response. To those who don’t interact with the stock market, investing and purchasing stock can seem like a lawless wild west. Thankfully, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission exists to protect Americans and give investors a [...]

Brokers accused of taking advantage of elderly client, barred by FINRA

By | October 28th, 2019|Categories: FINRA|Tags: , , , |

Two brokers accused of taking advantage of a 79-year-old client who doctors believe was suffering from Alzheimer’s disease are to be barred from the securities industry by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA). FINRA says Ami Forte and Charles Lawrence exploited their customer by “engaging in quantitatively unsuitable trading” that generated “more than $9 million [...]

Greenberg Traurig pays $65 million in Ponzi suit

By | October 24th, 2019|Categories: FINRA|Tags: , , |

Greenberg Traurig LLP has agreed to pay $65 million to settle accusations of its involvement in a $7 billion Ponzi scheme, according to a report. Law360.com reports Greenberg Traurig is linked to a Ponzi scheme ran by R. Allen Stanford, who was sentenced in June 2012 to 110 years in prison after being convicted of [...]

FINRA protects investors, brokers in the securities industry – Part 2

By | October 16th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , |

For investors, brokers and firms who are more flexible and looking for a faster solution, FINRA also provides mediation between two disputing parties. Mediation is an informal process where a “trained, impartial mediator facilities negotiations between disputing parties, helping them find a mutually acceptable solution,” according to FINRA. For a mediation to be successful, both [...]

FINRA protects investors, brokers in the securities industry – Part 1

By | October 14th, 2019|Categories: Arbitration, FINRA, Mediation|Tags: , , , , |

If you invest money in America and work with a broker or a firm, there’s a good chance you may have heard of FINRA.   The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority defines itself as a “not-for-profit organization that – working under the supervision of the SEC – actively engages with and provides essential tools for investors, member [...]

What Is FINRA?

By | January 27th, 2017|Categories: Arbitration, FINRA, Mediation|Tags: , , , , , , |

FINRA is the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority. According to FINRA’s website, “FINRA provides the first line of oversight for broker-dealers and the first line of defense for investors by virtue of its comprehensive oversight program. FINRA regulates both the firms and professionals selling securities in the United States and the U.S. securities markets. In this [...]