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Seadrill Turns to Loss on $1.8 Billion Writedown in Oil Rout

Seadrill Ltd., the offshore driller controlled by billionaire John Fredriksen, reported its first quarterly loss since 2011 as a collapse in oil prices reduced demand for its rigs. The net loss of $1.83 billion came after the Hamilton, Bermuda-based company booked $1.8 billion in non-cash impairment charges to investments and goodwill, it said in a […]

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Stockbroker Stole Investor Money for Home Renovations

The SEC alleges that Bernard M. Parker raised more than $1.2 million from his longstanding brokerage customers and others who were told they were purchasing legitimate real estate tax lien certificates and would earn returns of six to nine percent annually.  However, Parker only used a small amount of investor funds to purchase tax liens […]

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UBS to Pay $19.5 Million Settlement Involving Notes Linked to Currency Index

Case Is Agency’s First Against an Issuer of Retail Structured Notes The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced that UBS AG has agreed to pay $19.5 million to settle charges that it made false or misleading statements and omissions in offering materials provided to U.S. investors in structured notes linked to a proprietary foreign exchange […]

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Spruce Alpha Fund Decimates its Investors

As reported by the New York Times on September 30, 2015 (“Risky Strategy Sinks Small Hedge Fund”), the Spruce Alpha LP Fund, a Stamford, Connecticut based hedge fund which had been pitched to investors as offering large returns in periods of market turbulence, lost 48% of its value during the month of August 2015. Spruce […]

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Auto-Liquidation Brokerage Firms Threaten Investors

A reported in a recent blog posting by the Securities Litigation & Consulting Group, (“The Recent Market Turmoil Spells Trouble for ‘Auto-Liquidators’ like Interactive Brokers”), brokerage firms that require their clients to agree to the automatic liquidation of positions when their accounts are in a margin deficit face renewed questions after the wild stock-market gyrations […]

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