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Throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, investors are finding themselves hit with huge investment losses, especially over the last few months as COVID-19 has shut down the economy, rattled the markets, and caused an oil price war. 

While the Coronavirus has negatively impacted many investments, you should know that some of these losses also may be due to broker fraud or negligence. Shepherd Smith Edwards and Kantas (SSEK Law Firm) can help you determine whether this is the case and if it means that you have grounds for an investor claim to recover your losses. Contact us today to request your free, no-obligation consultation. 

Investment Losses Reasons That May Be Grounds for a San Francisco Broker Fraud Claim

Many Older San Francisco Investors Remain Vulnerable to Securities Fraud 

As a retiree or a senior investor living in the San Francisco Bay Area, there are red flags to look out for that may indicate that you’ve become the victim of senior investor fraud. 

Unfortunately, older investors remain a favorite target of fraudsters eager to take advantage of an elderly customer’s inexperience or health issues while availing themselves of the latter’s retirement funds and other savings. 

Market Volatility Forces Arbitrage Funds to Temporarily Close

Reports of arbitrage funds temporarily shuttering in the wake of the impact of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) on the markets has caused concern for investors. 

At Shepherd Smith Edwards and Kantas (SSEK Law Firm), our investment fraud lawyers are offering free case assessments to help you determine whether you have grounds for an investor claim. We understand the difficulties that US citizens are facing in the wake of COVID-19 and want to assure that we are here to help during this time. 

Broker Fraud Along With The Coronavirus May Be Causing Investment Losses 

Becoming the victim of securities fraud is a serious matter. With stocks plummeting and the markets fluctuating all over the place in the wake of COVID-19, investors may not realize that it’s not just the economic reverberations of the coronavirus that’s plaguing their portfolio. 

They also may be losing money because their stockbrokers or investment advisor were fraudulent or negligent when handling their investments and placed them in an even more precarious financial situation with more losses than they would now be sustaining otherwise. 

Former LPL Financial Broker Borrowed $1.3M From Customer Without Notifying Firm

Mark Lamkin, an ex-LPL Financial representative, has been suspended by the FINRA for three months. Lamkin, who is now a Calton & Associates broker, is accused of borrowing $1.3M in total from an LPL Financial Services customer between 2011 and 2017 without getting written approval from or notifying the broker-dealer. This is not the first time he is accused of broker misconduct. 

Shepherd Smith Edwards and Kantas (SSEK Law Firm) is investigating claims involving Mark Lamkin, who has been a registered representative for 28 years. Contact our stockbroker fraud attorneys today. 

Robinhood Financial Apologizes To Investors For Outages

If you are an investor who recently sustained losses through Robinhood Financial’s investing platform, contact our investment fraud attorneys at Shepherd Smith Edwards and Kantas (SSEK Law Firm) today. 

Robinhood Financial, which provides an online platform that facilitates stock, exchange-traded funds (ETFs), and other investment trades without charging commissions, recently experienced technical snafus that caused major outages and prevented trading on March 2nd and March 3rd.

Si usted es como muchos americanos con inversiones, podría estar luchando con cómo manejar las pérdidas masivas que afectan su cartera mientras el novedoso coronavirus (COVID-19) continúa haciendo estragos en la economía, los mercados, la industria laboral y la vida de las personas. De lo que puede que usted no se haya percatado es que las pérdidas en sus inversiones también pueden ser el resultado de fraude o negligencia por parte de su corredor o asesor financiero, y es aquí en lo que los abogados de inversionistas de la firma de Shepherd Smith Edwards & Kantas (SSEK) pueden ayudarlo.

Nuestro bufete especializado en fraude en las inversiones representa inversionistas detallistas, inversionistas individuales con un patrimonio neto alto, e inversionistas institucionales a través de los Estados Unidos. Aun cuando nosotros, al igual que ustedes, nos adherimos a las nuevas directrices establecidas para prevenir la propagación del COVID-19, nuestros abogados y el resto de nuestro equipo se mantienen trabajando arduamente preparando, a nombre de nuestros clientes, reclamaciones de arbitraje ante la Autoridad Reguladora de la Industria Financiera (FINRA) en contra de corredores, asesores financieros, y sus firmas.

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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. 

Non-Traditional Investment Losses

If you were an investor who sustained investment losses while working with Mark Alan Cline, contact Shepherd Smith Edwards and Kantas, LLP (SSEK Law Firm) today. Our brokerage firm misconduct lawyers work with clients who have suffered financial losses due to the negligent, fraudulent or other wrongful actions of their financial representatives.

Based out of Wildwood, Florida, Cline operates the Cline Financial Group.  According to its website, Cline Financial Group offers what are known as non-traditional investments such as Real Estate Investment Trusts (“REITs”), Delaware Statutory Trusts (“DSTs”) and Non-Traded Preferred Stocks.  Based on Cline’s official record with the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”), the entity that regulates all brokerage firms and advisors, he is an employee of National Securities Corporation.

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