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Aequitas investor losses mount

Oregon based Aequitas Capital Management appears to be in in a state of collapse. On Saturday, the Oregonian detailed accusations from Chris Bean, principal of Redmond, Wash.-based Private Advisory Group, who accused the private equity and alternatives platform of “misleading him” with an optimistic portrayal of the company’s finances. According to the Oregonian, investors had almost $600 […]

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SEC Charges Oil and Gas Company and Founder with Fraud

The Securities and Exchange Commission charged Nathan Halsey and TexStar Oil, Ltd. in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas, with fraudulently offering securities through misleading investment materials and keeping funds from investors who believed they were investing in an entirely separate company. The SEC’s complaint, filed in the U.S. District […]

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United Development Funding raided by FBI

The FBI raided the office of United Development Funding IV, a Texas-based real estate investment trust (REIT), according to people familiar with the matter. The stock fell more than 54% and was last trading around $3.20 per share. NBC Dallas-Fort Worth reportsthat agents were seen carrying boxes away from the premises. UDF is the latest […]

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Wells Fargo laying off employees of securities unit

In the latest downsizing move by a big bank, Wells Fargo has started cutting jobs this week in its securities unit, including positions in Charlotte according to reporting by The Charlotte Observer. The displaced employees include managing directors – high-level jobs that can draw seven figures in compensation, the sources said. The Wells Fargo unit […]

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Super Bowl Tippee at Wedbush Charged with Insider Trading

In a less than festive recognition of Super Bowl weekend, the Securities and Exchange Commission last Friday charged a Wedbush Securities broker and two of his clients with insider trading. While attending the 2011 Super Bowl between the Green Bay Packers and the Pittsburgh Steelers in Arlington, Texas, a client of Wedbush advisor Marc Winters […]

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