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Recent Market Sell-Off Leads to “Tanking” of Energy Exchange Traded Products

As market volatility continues to wreak havoc on different investments in the wake of COVID-19, our securities fraud lawyers at Shepherd Smith Edwards and Kantas (SSEK Law Firm) are fighting for investors needing to recover their losses.

Last month, a huge market-sell off caused Leveraged Energy Traded Products (ETPs), including the VelocityShares 3x Long Crude Oil ETN (UWT), to plunge in value. Please contact SSEK Law Firm if you are a Leveraged Energy ETP investor who experienced significant losses so that we can help you determine whether you have grounds for a stockbroker fraud claim.

Investment Losses During the Coronavirus Has Investors Scrambling for Answers

If you are like many Americans with investments, you may be struggling to grapple with the massive losses affecting your portfolio as the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to wreak havoc on the economy, the markets, the job industry, and people’s lives. 

What you may not realize is that your investment losses may also be a result of broker fraud or negligence on your stockbroker or investment adviser’s part, which is where our investor attorneys at Shepherd Smith Edwards and Kantas (SSEK Law Firm) can help you.

Risks Tied To CYES Strategy Investments Cause More Losses During The Coronavirus

For the past year, our CYES Strategy fraud lawyers at Shepherd Smith Edwards and Kantas (SSEK Law Firm) have been working with investors who suffered losses from Collateral Yield Enhancement Strategy (CYES) Investments that were issued by Harvest Volatility Management but were sold by brokers from Morgan Stanley, JP Morgan, Fidelity, Charles Schwab, and other broker-dealers. 

Now, with all the market turbulence causing investments to drop in the wake of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), this Yield Enhancement Strategy is experiencing even more losses. 

Barred Kestra Stockbroker Accused of Unauthorized Trading

Our broker misconduct lawyers at Shepherd Smith Edwards and Kantas (SSEK Law Firm) are currently speaking with former customers of ex-Kestra Investment Services broker James Blake Daughtry. He was recently barred by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA). The self-regulatory organization (SRO) issued the ban after Daughtry refused to testify during its investigation into allegations that he may have engaged in transactions that were potentially “fraudulent and unauthorized” in a number of customers’ accounts. Also, in the wake of FINRA’s order, Kestra fired him this month.

Daughtry consented to FINRA’s bar but without denying or admitting to the SRO’s findings. His BrokerCheck record notes that he worked 20 years in the industry. He is both an ex-broker and a former investment adviser. Aside from five years with Kestra, Daughtry has previously been a registered stockbroker with Ameriprise Financial Services (AMP), Securities America, Stern Agee Financial Services, Wachovia Securities, Southtrust Securities, and Liberty Securities.

Watch Out for Brokers Looking to Make High Commissions During COVID-19

With the market crashing in the wake of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), many investors are suffering from massive losses in their portfolio and are looking to their brokers for investment advice.

Unfortunately, not all stockbrokers work with their customers’ best interests at heart, breaching their fiduciary duty in the process. There are also unscrupulous registered representatives who may even seek to take advantage of these hard times and try to persuade investors to buy into risky investments that charge high commissions. Such fraudulent and negligent behavior will lead to even more investment losses and ultimately, acts of stockbroker misconduct. 

Investment Losses During Recent Market Crisis May Be Recoverable 

Investors throughout the United States are grappling with financial investment losses as markets continue to remain volatile in the wake of Coronavirus (COVID-19). The recent oil price drops, the rise in unemployment as businesses are forced to shutter and lay off employees, and a flailing economy has done nothing to assuage growing concerns.

Already, Shepherd Smith Edwards and Kantas (SSEK Law Firm) has spoken to a number of these investors to see how we might help. 

Investment Losses During COVID-19 Pandemic May Have Been Caused By Fraud Or Negligence

According to experts, George Friedman and Rick Ryder, fears about the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and the resulting market turbulence will lead to a rise in investor fraud claims and FINRA arbitration cases. Friedman is the Securities Arbitration Alert editor-in-chief and Ryder is the Securities Arbitration Commentator president and founder. 

In a recent blog post, What’s Past is Prologue, they spoke about how customers will wonder whether their stockbrokers and investment advisors properly handled their accounts, which are now being negatively affected by the ongoing market volatility. 

Wells Fargo Stockbroker Accused Of Overconcentration & Unsuitable Investments 

Wells Fargo Clearing Services broker, Jeffrey Eiler, has been the subject of 12 customer investment loss disputes, most of which were settled and a few that were denied. If you are an investor who lost money while Eiler was your registered representative, our stockbroker fraud attorneys at Shepherd Smith Edwards and Kantas (SSEK Law Firm) want to offer you a free case assessment. 

The customer disputes against Eiler go back more than twenty years. According to his BrokerCheck record, most of the settlements were paid by the firm where he was a registered representative. 

Ex-Raymond James Broker Named In $500K UIT Investment Fraud Claim 

Our stockbroker fraud lawyers are investigating claims involving Ameriprise (AMP) and former Raymond James broker, E. Kyle Davis. Contact Shepherd Smith Edwards and Kantas (SSEK Law Firm) today if you believe that you may have fallen victim to investment fraud. 

Davis, who has worked over two decades in the securities industry, has been named in six disclosures including four customer disputes. Still pending is one customer claim seeking $500K in damages involving a unit investment trust (UIT) while Davis was a Raymond James Financial stockbroker. The customer is making a number of allegations, including the following: 

Elderly Investor Claims $250K in GPB Fraud Losses

In yet another GPB private placement fraud case, our broker fraud attorneys at Shepherd Smith Edwards and Kantas (SSEK Law Firm) have filed a claim on behalf of an investor. 

This time, the respondents are Pruco Securities and Kalos Capital, which the firm has gone after in previous private placements claims over the same investments and broker, Christopher Shaw. The claimant, who is an elderly woman from North Carolina is reporting over $250K in losses. She is seeking up to $500K in damages plus interests and other costs. 

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