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Exchange Traded Notes (ETNs) Frequent Asked Questions – Boca Raton, Florida FINRA Arbitration and State and Federal Court Litigation Attorney:

Frequently asked questions about Exchange Traded Notes (ETNs).  ETNs are unsecured debt obligations of financial institutions that trade on a securities exchange. ETN payment terms are linked to the performance of a reference index or benchmark, representing the ETN’s investment objective.  You should understand that ETNs are complex and involve many risks for interested investors, and can result in the loss of your entire investment.

What is an ETN?

Tribal Capital Markets, LLC. a/k/a Blue Capital Securities, Inc. – CMO Risk Disclosure – Boca Raton, Florida FINRA Arbitration Attorney:

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. (FINRA) is a self-regulatory authority assigned the responsibility, by the Securities and Exchange Commission, to license, regulate and discipline securities broker/dealers and their employees, including account executives. In the event that FINRA elects to institute an enforcement action, firms and licensed individuals have the responsibility to reflect such action on their U-4 and/or U-5 filings, which can be viewed on the FINRA website under the broker-check section of the site or by viewing the monthly disciplinary information also provided on the FINRA site.

The monthly disciplinary information is referenced on the FINRA site generally in alphabetical order. This post relates to the following company or individuals. If the reader would like to review the entire FINRA release or the broker-check information concerning this matter, you can follow these highlighted links:

10 Ways for Seniors to Protect Themselves From Fraud – South Florida Senior and Retirement Financial Abuse and Exploitation Attorney:

Know who you’re dealing with.

Try to find a seller’s physical address (not a P.O. Box) and phone number. With internet phone services and other web-based technologies, it’s tough to tell where someone is calling from. Do an online search for the company name and website, and look for reviews. If people report negative experiences, you’ll have to decide if the offer is worth the risk. After all, a deal is good only if you get a product that actually works as promised.

SEC Order Approving FINRA Rule Change Relative to How Member Firms are Required to Calculate the Value of Unlisted Real Estate Investment Trusts and Direct-Participation Programs:

The Sec has approved FINRA’s plan to overhaul how member firms calculate the value of unlised real estate investment trusts (“REITs”) and direct-participation programs (“DPPs”).  Under the new rules – specifically FINRA Rule 2310 – the firms will be required to include on customer account statements a per-share estimated value for any unlisted REIT and DPP securities that they have reason to believe is reliable.  

Firms also will need to make new disclsoures about the nature of the investment, including that they are not traded on a public securities exchange and that the price that the investor receives may be less than the estimated per-shre value.  

Boca Raton, Boynton Beach, Lake Worth, Delray Beach and Deerfield Beach, Florida Elder and Retirement Financial Abuse, Fraud and Breach of Fiduciary Duty FINRA Arbitration and Litigation Attorney: 

Securities and Exchange Commission v. John Thornes, Defendant, and Christopher Burnell, Kyle Larick, and Doreen Thornes, Relief Defendants, Civil Action No. 14-cv-06088 (C.D. Cal.)

SEC Charges California-Based Broker with Stealing Money from Accounts

Boca Raton, Delray Beach, Boynton Beach, Lake Worth and West Palm Beach, Florida Investment Advisor Securities and Bank Fraud and Misrepresentation FINRA Arbitration and Litigation Attorney:

Securities and Exchange Commission v. Robert Glenn Bard, et al., Civil Action No. 1:09-cv-1473 (M.D. Pa.)

Pennsylvania-Based Investment Adviser Charged in SEC and Criminal Actions Receives Prison Sentence

Do CFPs have to register as an Investment Adviser in Florida – Delray, Boynton Beach, Lantana, Boca Raton and West Palm Beach FINRA Arbitration, Litigation and Elder Abuse Attorney:

Any person who for compensation refers, solicits, offers, or negotiates for the purchase or sale of investment advisory services is required to be registered in Florida, regardless of their professional designation as a Investment Adviser and/or Associated Person of a broker/dealer.

Please keep in mind that this information is being provided for informational purposes only.  It is not designed to be complete in all material respects.  Thus, it should not be relied upon as legal or investment advise.  If the reader has any questions relating to this post, you should contact a qualified professional.  

Florida’s Regulation D and Rule 506 Offering Requirements – Boca Raton, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach, Florida Securities Fraud and Misrepresentation FINRA Arbitration, Litigation and Elder Abuse Attorney:

What are Florida’s Regulation D and Rule 506 Offering requirements?

Regulation D and Rule 504 Public Offerings:

Boca Raton, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach, Florida Elder and Retirement Financial Abuse FINRA Arbitration and Litigation Attorney:

Elder and retirees should think twice about investing if you spot any of these red flags of investment fraud:

  • Limited history of posts. Fraudsters can set up new accounts specifically designed to carry out their scam while concealing their true identities. Be skeptical of information from social media accounts that lack a history of prior postings or sending messages.

Boca Raton, Westin, Coral Springs, Plantation, Davie and Fort Lauderdale, Florida Microcap and Penny Stock Fraud and Misrepresentation Litigation, Arbitration and Elder Abuse Attorney:

Securities and Exchange Commission v. Christopher Plummer, Lex M. Cowsert, and CytoGenix, Inc., Civil Action No. 14-CV-5441 (LTS)

The Securities and Exchange Commission recently charged a serial con artist and a penny stock company CEO with misleading investors in a supposed vaccine development company by issuing false press releases portraying it as a successful venture when it was in fact a failing enterprise.

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