Posts belonging to Category Morgan Keegan

Victims of Reverse Convertibles Abuses Span the Globe


The Spanish bank, Banco Santander SA, agreed to pay $2 million to resolve charges that its Puerto Rico-based brokerage improperly sold a group of structured products known as reverse convertibles to retail customers, including the elderly. (“Sale of reverse convertibles dings another B-D,” InvestmentNews, April 12, 2011).

Are Brokerage Firms Really the Trusted Financial Advisers that Their Advertisements Claim that They Are?


Expecting licensed professionals who provide investment advice to act in their clients’ best interests “should be a basic tenet of the business,” but brokerage firms and their brokers don’t want that fiduciary yoke, says Karen Blumenthal in her InvestmentNews article, “When Your Adviser Can’t Be Trusted.” Moreover, they don’t want the public to know that […]

Victims of Investment Malpractice or Other Financial Misconduct During the Recent Financial Crisis May Be on the Verge of Losing Legal Rights


If you are an investor who lost money in the financial crisis, your stockbroker or investment advisor may owe you money. There are a variety of legal claims that can be brought for investment malpractice, ranging from fraud and misrepresentation to making unsuitable investment recommendations. But there are also legal deadlines for bringing such claims, […]

Wall Street Whistleblower Program Already Paying Off


The new whistleblower program that pays big cash rewards for tips about investment fraud has already resulted in a large number of high quality tips to the SEC, according to a news story this week on CNBC. According to the report, the SEC expects to receive 30,000 tips this year?just one year after the program […]

Large Investors Who Have Sustained Losses on Auction Rate Securities Investments Need to Take Action


While many investors who lost money when the auction rate securities market collapsed in 2008 have now been made whole by regulatory settlements and redemptions, others have not been as fortunate and are still holding on to illiquid securities. Because regulatory settlements focused on the worst offenders in the industry, not all firms that sold […]

Proposed Changes to New York Law Would Make Wall Street More Accountable


Wall Street may face a wave of lawsuits under an expanded version of the Martin Act, New York’s securities anti-fraud statute, if the newly elected Governor of New York has his way, according to a Wall Street Journal Deal Journal blog entitled, “And the Next Mortal Threat to Wall Street Is’”.

Wall Street Executives Get $1.6 Billion, Main Street America Picks Up the Tab


White House executive “pay czar” Kenneth Feinberg has decided not to negotiate with 17 Wall Street firms to rescind $1.6 billion in payments to executive that Feinberg himself described as “ill advised” and payments that “[t]hey should not have made,” according to articles in the Atlanta Journal Constitution (“Bank execs get to l]keep $1.6 billion” […]

Wealthy Individuals Have Been Victimized By Wall Street’s CDO Fraud


Merrill Lynch and other Wall Street firms sold the riskiest tranches of collateralized debt obligations (“CDOs”), not just to institutions, but to individual investors, as safe investments, according to a recent Wall Street Journal article by Dan Fitzgerald titled “Didn’t See Risk, and Got Stung.” Now that the CDOs have imploded, and investors are seeking […]

Regulatory Actions Against Morgan Keegan Raise Grave Doubts about the FINRA Arbitration Process


Last week, in an almost unprecedented manner, three groups of securities regulators ? the SEC, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), and various state regulators ? almost simultaneously filed enforcement actions against Morgan Keegan for fraud arising out of its sales of 6 toxic bond funds. The regulatory investigations had been going on for several […]

Regulators Sue Morgan Keegan Over Toxic Bond Funds


The Securities and Exchange Commission has charged Morgan Keegan and its touted managing director, James Kelsoe, with securities fraud for deliberately inflating the value of subprime securities in order to hide losses in Morgan Keegan’s proprietary toxic bond mutual funds. See Joe Bel Bruno’s recent Wall Street Journal article, “Morgan Keegan and Its Onetime Star […]