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LPL Blocks Sales of Nontraded Real Estate Investment Trusts and Publicly Traded Property Interval Funds 

This week, LPL Financial (LPLA) announced that it had suspended its sales of several nontraded REITs, as well as a number of publicly traded property interval funds. This is because the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) was placing these investments at a higher risk of losses. 

In an email to InvestmentNews, LPL EVP of Products and Platforms, Rob Pettman, wouldn’t offer the names of the funds but did note that the broker-dealer hoped to offer them to investors again once the markets had calmed.

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. 

Structured Notes See Steep Decline During Coronavirus Market Crisis

Just weeks into the financial crisis wrought by the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), many investors are struggling to deal with the volatile impact of this pandemic not just on the markets but also on their portfolios. 

But what many of them don’t know is that some of these losses might not have been as severe if only their brokers had refrained from making investment recommendations that were unsuitable for them or, at the very least, had properly apprised them of the risks involved. 

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. 

Inverse and Leveraged ETNs and ETFs Are Shuttering

As the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to adversely affect the markets and cause crude oil prices to drop, the number of inverse and leveraged exchange-traded notes (ETNs), exchange-traded funds (ETFs) and exchange-traded products (ETPs) involving crude oil that have been forced to close, delist, or automatically accelerate continues to grow and this has caused more losses for investors.

Right now, our broker fraud lawyers at Shepherd Smith Edwards and Kantas (SSEK Law Firm) are working with leveraged and inverse ETF and ETP investors throughout the US to help them explore their legal options.

FINRA Bars Fired Stifel Broker

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) announced that it has permanently barred former Stifel Nicolaus (SF) stockbroker Steven Dale Rodemer. The brokerage firm fired Rodemer earlier this year following allegations that he took funds from one client’s account without authorization.

Even with COVID-19 disrupting every aspect of our lives, the self-regulatory organization (SRO) continues to issue disciplinary actions against brokers accused of misconduct. Here, at Shepherd Smith Edwards and Kantas (SSEK Law Firm), our broker fraud attorneys also remain hard at work going after the stockbrokers and their firms whose fraudulent or negligent actions contributed to unnecessary investor losses.

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.

Energy Exchange Traded Products Including VelocityShare 3x Long Crude Oil ETN Tank

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.

UBS To Offer Redemptions to ETRACS ETN Investors After Coronavirus-Spurred Crash

If you are an investor who was sold UBS ETRACS exchange-traded notes (ETNs), please contact our investor lawyers at Shepherd Smith Edwards and Kantas (SSEK Law Firm) today. ETRACS ETNs are complex and risky investments and they are not suitable for every investor. 

UBS recently announced that it was offering mandatory redemptions for certain ETRACS ETNs while freezing trading of others after the market crashes spurred by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. UBS ETRACS ETN investors have lost a lot of money. 

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