Articles Posted in FINRA Arbitration

Secured Income Group Investors May Be Victims of Alleged $100M Investment Fraud

If you are someone who invested in Secured Income Group, you may be reeling from the news that in September 2022, the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filed civil charges accusing the real estate investment company, its owner/President Max McDermott, and investor relations representative Stacey Porter with running an alleged $100M offering fraud. $99.9M of “Secured Debentures” were reportedly offered to investors, including many non-accredited investors.

Secured Debentures were touted as safe, “CD-like” even, only with a higher yield. Secured Income Group claimed that it would hold the loans it made, as well as corresponding security interests while collecting income from them. It was from this income that investors were told to expect 6% to 9% in interest rate payments. Instead, many of them have suffered significant investment losses.

Former San Francisco Financial Advisor Is Barred Following Over $100 Million in Investor Claims Filed Against JP Morgan

Nearly a year after FINRA Lawyers, Shepherd Smith Edwards and Kantas (investorlawyers.com) won a $4 million Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) arbitration claim against JP Morgan Securities, the former star broker involved, Edward Turley, has been now barred from the industry. Turley, who was the financial advisor in at least nine recently filed customer complaints alleging unauthorized and excessive trading, has consented to the bar.  Turley’s former clients are claiming that they suffered over $100 million in investment losses.

The ex-San Francisco-based financial advisor was fired by JP Morgan Securities in August 2021. Last month, FINRA, which was investigating the allegations against him, asked Turley to provide testimony about his trading patterns. This would have included patterns involving margin and foreign currency, as well as the buying and selling of preferred stock and high-yield bonds. Turley declined. His refusal to testify violates FINRA Rule 8210, which requires brokers to cooperate with enforcement investigations, as well as FINRA Rule 2010, which requires high standards of commercial honor for FINRA members.

Why Privately Traded REITS Are Too Risky For Most Retirees

Not all investments are suitable for everyone, which is why your broker-dealer has a duty to only recommend and sell financial products that are the right fit for you given your age, risk tolerance level, financial goals, and investing experience. Older investors, including retirees, are especially susceptible to devastating consequences from high-risk, unsuitable investment recommendations. If you are a retiree who suffered significant financial losses that you suspect may be due to broker misconduct or negligence, you should contact Shepherd Smith Edwards and Kantas REIT Investment Fraud Lawyers (InvestorLawyers.com) today.

Older Investor Files FINRA Lawsuit Against FSC Securities and Louisiana Broker Craig Accardo

Seasoned Northstar (Bermuda) Investment Loss Lawyers Representing Latin American Investors

Six-Figure Brokerage Firm Arbitration Claim Filed Against Truist Investment Services

Two years after Northstar Financial Services (Bermuda) filed for bankruptcy protection, the number of Latin American investors who are seeking to pursue damages from their broker-dealers for unsuitably recommending annuity-like products from this offshore entity continues to grow. At Shepherd Smith Edwards and Kantas (investorlawyers.com), our skilled investor loss attorneys are representing many of these investors in Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) arbitrations.

Shopoff Land Fund Investors May Be Able to File FINRA Lawsuits Against Brokerage Firms

Broker Negligence?: Private Placement Funds Allegedly Unsuitably Recommended to Customers 

Private real estate investment companies can be a risky proposition for investors. They are not a good fit for everyone, including many retail customers and retirees with conservative investing goals. Unfortunately, it has come to the attention of our knowledgeable private placement investor loss attorneys at Shepherd Smith Edwards and Kantas (investorlawyers.com) that there are investors whose financial advisor may have unsuitably recommended one or more of the Shopoff Land Funds from Shopoff Realty Investments.

 Alleged Unsuitability and Due Diligence Failures May Be Grounds for a FINRA Lawsuit

If you are someone whose financial advisor recommended one of the TCA Global Credit Funds to you, there may be reasons to sue your broker-dealer for damages. In 2020, TCA Fund Management Group Corp. and key executives were accused of securities fraud, including allegedly fraudulently inflating the net asset values and performance outcomes of a number of its funds. This purportedly led to hundreds of investors being defrauded while leaving its funds, which allegedly falsely held about $516M, in serious trouble. Affiliated company TCA Global Credit Fund GP Ltd. also was accused of investor fraud.

Shepherd Smith Edwards and Kantas (investorlawyers.com) are working with a number of TCA Global Fund investors to determine whether they have grounds for a FINRA lawsuit. Unfortunately, it appears that alleged due diligence failures, unsuitability, misrepresentations and omissions, and broker negligence may have been factors when certain brokers marketed and sold one of these TCA Funds to customers:

Why Working With A Skilled FINRA Law Firm Can Increase Your Chances of Recovering Your GWG L Bond Losses 

Our Seasoned Brokerage Firm Negligence Attorneys Continue To File Investor Loss Claims For L Bond Investors

While broker-dealers all over the United States earned high commissions and fees from selling GWG L Bonds to clients, including to retail investors and retirees for whom these risky life-settlement-backed bonds were unsuitable, many of these customers are continuing to grapple with their investment losses. Now, with GWG Holdings, Inc., which issued $1.6B of these high-yield junk bonds, in bankruptcy proceedings, investors’ best bet for recouping their losses is by filing a Financial Industry Regulatory (FINRA) arbitration claim against their brokerage firm.

Can Latin American Investors Pursue Northstar Financial Services (Bermuda) Investment Losses?

If you are an investor from Latin America, Central America, or South America who was recommended and sold Northstar Financial Services (Bermuda) products by a US-based brokerage firm, you should speak with our variable annuity investment fraud lawyers right away. Unfortunately, it appears that despite looking to the United States for a safe haven for their assets, many foreign nationals were unsuitably sold Northstar (Bermuda) fixed- and variable annuity products from this offshore entity by US-based financial advisors. If you fall into any of the above categories,  you may need to contact a FINRA lawsuit attorney.

One can only assume that the high commissions and fees earned by broker-dealers for selling Northstar Financial Services (Bermuda) investments purportedly took greater precedence over looking out for these customers’ best interests. Many of the victims are retail investors and older investors, including retirees, who have now suffered losses in the six figures.

Broker-Dealer Negligence Alleged Related To Investor Losses Tied to GPB Auto and GPB Holdings II

Should You File a FINRA Arbitration Claim Against Sanctuary Securities Over Your GPB Private Placement Sale Losses?

If you are someone whose Sanctuary Securities broker recommended that you invest in GPB Capital Holdings private placement funds, you may be able to file a Financial Industry Regulatory Authority arbitration claim or FINRA arbitration claim for your losses. The broker-dealer is one of the dozens of US-based firms accused of unsuitably recommending and selling GPB Capital Holdings private placement shares, in particular those involving GPB Automotive Portfolio, LP, and GPB Holdings II, LP, to customers.

The Importance of Filing Your Own FINRA Arbitration Case 

If you are an investor who has suffered losses in GWG L Bonds, you are likely trying to determine what to do next. Just because GWG Holdings has filed for bankruptcy protection doesn’t mean you stand to recover anything from these proceedings. This is why it is so important that you speak with a seasoned FINRA arbitration law firm so that we can help you explore your legal options with you.

Already, our FINRA arbitration attorneys at Shepherd Smith Edwards and Kantas (investorlawyers.com) are representing many investors who suffered losses because their broker-dealers unsuitably recommended GWG L Bonds to them. These junk bonds were always too high-risk for retail customers and retirees. Yet these two types of investors are among the ones now needing to recover damages.

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