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Did You Suffer Portfolio Losses Because Of A Failure To Diversify?

Our Skilled Overconcentration Attorneys Help Investors Pursue Financial Recovery

Financial advisors should know the importance of properly allocating an investor’s funds among different kinds of financial products, asset classes, or market sectors. Seeing as all investments come with some risk, proper diversification increases protection from serious losses because should one investment plunge in value, the hope is that the returns generated by the other financial products in the portfolio can help offset the overall impact on an investor’s money.  In other words, to use a popular phrase, “Don’t put all of your eggs in one basket.”

RBC Capital Markets Settlement With FINRA Includes a Fine and Restitution 

RBC Capital Markets has reached an agreement with FINRA in which the broker-dealer will pay $1M to resolve allegations of overconcentration in customers’ accounts involving high-yield bonds. Without denying or admitting to the self-regulatory organization’s (SRO’s) findings, RBC consented to a censure, a $550K fine, and more than $456K in restitution. 

According to FINRA, the brokerage firm did not identify over 100 client accounts with conservative profiles that should have been reviewed for a possible unsuitable concentration of high-yield bonds. 

Broker-Dealer Allegedly Misled Novice Investor And Placed Funds In Risky Junk Bonds 

FMS Bonds, formerly called First Miami Securities, is the subject of yet another investor fraud lawsuit. This time it’s for misleading an inexperienced bond investor from the Dallas, Texas area and causing him to overconcentrate his portfolio with low rated, long-term “junk” bonds and other bad bonds, including those issued by Frontier Communications. The account eventually blew up, causing the claimant to suffer approximately $1M in losses. 

Our Texas investor lawyers at Shepherd Smith Edwards and Kantas (SSEK Law Firm) are representing this investor in Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) arbitration to recover these losses. The hearing will take place in the Dallas area.

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