Recent Investor Newsletter Topics

March 2015

  • Investor Resources:
    • The New FINRA.org 
    • Check the Background of Your Investment Professional 
    • 5 Things You Should Know About Tax Refund Loans 
  • FINRA Foundation:
    • Non-Traditional Costs of Financial Fraud 
  • FINRA News:
    • FINRA Sanctions Brookville Capital Partners $1.5 Million and Bars President Anthony Lodati for Fraud 
    • FINRA Foundation Military Spouse Fellowship Application Period Open From March 2 to April 17

February 2015

  • Investor Alerts:
    • Cybersecurity and Your Brokerage Firm
    • "Prime Bank" Investments Are Scams
  • FINRA Foundation:
    • FINRA Foundation-Funded Study Documents Effectiveness of State Financial Education Mandates
    • Red Flag of Fraud: Social Consensus
  • FINRA News:
    • FINRA Investor Education Foundation and United Way Grant $1.5 Million for Financial Education
    • Statement of Marcia E. Asquith, Senior Vice President and Corporate Secretary, on the Loss of Harvey J. Goldschmid
    • Erozan Kurtas Named Head of FINRA's New Office of Advanced Data Analytics
    • FINRA Issues Report on Cybersecurity Practices, Cybersecurity Investor Alert
    • FINRA Investor Education Foundation and the American Library Association Announce $1.8 Million in Grants to Public Libraries to Support Financial Literacy

January 2015

  • Investor Alerts:
    • E-Cigarette Stock Scams: New Smoking Technology Could Light Up Pump-and-Dump Fraud
    • Physical Precious Metals: Tips to Avoid Tarnishing Your Portfolio
  • Investor Resources:
    • BrokerCheck: Finding a Broker You Can Trust
    • Podcast: 5 Things You Need to Know about Mutual Funds
  • FINRA Foundation:
    • Reciprocity: A Red Flag of Fraud
  • FINRA News:
    • FINRA Hearing Panel Expels John Carris Investments and Bars CEO George Carris for Fraud
    • FINRA Hearing Panel Expels John Thomas Financial and Bars CEO Tommy Belesis for Trading Ahead of Customer Orders, Providing False Testimony and Other Violations; Ordered To Pay $1,047,288 to Customers
    • FINRA Releases 2015 Regulatory and Exam Priorities Letter
    • FINRA Sanctions Monex Securities Inc. $1.3 Million for Failing to Register and Supervise Foreign Personnel
    • FINRA Fines Pershing LLC $3 Million for Customer Protection Rule Violations and Supervisory Failures
    • FINRA Bars Broker for Stealing $89,000 From an Elderly Customer

December 2014

  • Investor Alerts:
    • Brokers' Miscellaneous Fees
    • Precious Metals: Tips to Avoid Tarnishing Your Portfolio
    • 5 Year-End Investment Tips
  • Investor Resources:
    • 5 Steps to Happier Holiday Spending
    • Podcast: How to Protect Your Money from Cyber Thieves
  • FINRA Foundation: Baseball Great Garciaparra Reinforces Value of "Ask and Check"
  • FINRA News:
    • FINRA Fines Merrill Lynch $1.9 Million and Orders Restitution of $540,000 for Fair Pricing and Supervisory Violations Related to Purchases of Distressed Securities
    • FINRA Fines 10 Firms a Total of $43.5 Million for Allowing Equity Research Analysts to Solicit Investment Banking Business and for Offering Favorable Research Coverage in Connection With Toys"R"Us IPO
    • FINRA Names New Floor Member Governor
    • FINRA Issues Retrospective Rule Review Reports

November 2014

  • Investor Alerts:
    • Dormant Shell Companies: 5 Tips to Protect Your Portfolio from Fraud
    • How to Avoid Ebola Stock Scams
  • Investor Resource: New to Investing? Here’s What You Need to Know about Choosing Investments
  • FINRA Foundation: American Renters Face Financial Stress
  • FINRA News:
    • FINRA Fines Citigroup Global Markets Inc. $15 Million for Supervisory Failures Related to Equity Research and Involvement in IPO Roadshows
    • FINRA Announces New Public Board Members
    • FINRA and MSRB Release Proposals to Provide Pricing Reference Information for Investors in Fixed Income Markets
    • FINRA Investor Survey Reveals Strong Support for Additional Regulatory Protections
    • FINRA Fines Merrill Lynch a Total of $6 Million for Reg SHO Violations and Supervisory Failures
    • FINRA Receives Two 2014 Data Impact Awards

October 2014

  • Investor Alert: The IRA Rollover: 10 Tips for Making a Sound Decision
  • Investor Podcast: Here's What Happens When You Invest in Stocks
  • FINRA Investor Education Foundation
    • New FINRA Foundation Documentary: Thinking Money
    • McGruff the Crime Dog Fights Financial Fraud
  • FINRA News:
    • FINRA Foundation Study Reveals Financial Vulnerability of American Renters
    • FINRA Statement on PIABA's Arbitrator Report
    • SEC, FINRA and the MSRB to Hold Compliance Outreach Program for Municipal Advisors
    • FINRA Solicits Comment on Proposed Rule to Implement CARDS

September 2014

  • Investor Alert: Frontier Funds: Travel With Care
  • Investor Resources: 5 Important College Savings Tips
  • FINRA Foundation Report: 2004 – 2014 and Beyond
  • FINRA News:
    • FINRA Marks 75th Anniversary of Protecting Investors
    • FINRA Board Approves Series of Equity Trading and Fixed Income Rulemaking Items
    • FINRA Fines Citigroup Global Markets Inc. $1.85 Million and Orders Restitution of $638,000 for Best Execution and Supervisory Violations in Non-Convertible Preferred Securities Transactions

August 2014

  • Investor Alert: Viral Disease Stock Scams: Don't Let Them Infect Your Portfolio
  • Investor Bulletin: Trading Suspensions
  • Investor Podcast: 5 Tips for Keeping Track of Your Investments
  • FINRA Investor Education Foundation: Be Careful Who You Trust
  • FINRA News:
    • FINRA Charges Wedbush Securities for Systemic Market Access Violations, Anti-Money Laundering and Supervisory Deficiencies
    • Firms Elect Two Industry Governors to FINRA Board of Governors, Two New Public Governors Appointed
    • Military Spouses Receive Fellowships to Conduct Financial Counseling
    • SEC Approves FINRA Rule to Prohibit Conditioning Settlements on Expungement

July 2014

  • Investor Alerts:
    • "Phishing" and Other Online Identity Theft Scams: Don't Take the Bait (Updated)
    • Promissory Notes Can Be Less Than Promised (Updated)
  • Investor Resources:
    • FINRA Brings 144A Debt Transactions Into the Light
    • Podcast: Compare When Shopping for Financial Products
    • New Tool for Muni Bond Investors
  • FINRA Investor Education Foundation:
    • Individual Differences in Susceptibility to Investment Fraud
  • FINRA News:
    • FINRA Announces Arbitration Task Force
    • FINRA Bars Broker for Insider Trading in Japanese Securities
    • FINRA Fines Goldman Sachs Execution & Clearing, L.P. $800,000 for Failing to Prevent Trade-Throughs in its Alternative Trading System

June 2014

  • Investor Alerts:
    • SEC Alert: Check Out Your Financial Professional
    • High-Yield CDs: Red Flags That Signal a Scam
  • Podcast: Asset Allocation
  • FINRA News:
    • FINRA Hearing Panel Expels Success Trade Securities and Bars CEO Fuad Ahmed for Fraudulent Scheme
    • FINRA Fines Merrill Lynch $8 Million; Over $89 Million Repaid to Retirement Accounts and Charities Overcharged for Mutual Funds
    • FINRA's Statement on Chair White's Enhancing Our Market Structure Speech
    • FINRA Fines Barclays Capital, Goldman Sachs and Merrill Lynch $1 Million Each for Submitting Inaccurate Blue Sheet Data
    • FINRA Makes Dark Pool Data Available Free to the Investing Public

May 2014

  • Investor Resources:
    • What You Need to Know About Concentration Risk
    • Your Credit Score and Financial Health
  • Investor Alert: Bitcoin and Other Virtual Currency-Related Investments
  • FINRA News:
    • FINRA Fines Morgan Stanley Smith Barney LLC $5,000,000 for Supervisory Failures Related to Sales of Shares in 83 Initial Public Offerings to Retail Customers
    • FINRA Rule Change to Limit Self-Trading Approved
    • Board Decision Finds Charles Schwab & Co. Violated FINRA Rules by Adding Waiver Provisions in Customer Agreements Prohibiting Customers From Participating in Class Actions; Reverses FINRA Hearing Panel Decision
    • FINRA Board Approves Amendment to Supervision Rule Requiring Firms to Conduct Background Checks on Registration Applicants

April 2014

  • Investor Alert: Social Media and Investment Fraud
  • Investor Resource: Smart Management of Retirement Income
  • Investor Podcast: What You Need to Know About Mutual Fund Fees
  • FINRA News:
    • FINRA Launches Retrospective Rule Review
    • FINRA Fines LPL Financial LLC $950,000 for Supervisory Failures Related to Sales of Alternative Investments