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FINRA Launches National Ad Campaign Promoting BrokerCheck

Spots Underscore the Ease and Importance of Checking Before You Invest The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) today launched a national ad campaign promoting BrokerCheck (brokercheck.finra.org), FINRA’s free online tool that allows investors to access information about every broker’s employment history, certifications and licenses, as well as regulatory actions, violations or complaints made against them. […]

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FINRA Sanctions LPL Financial LLC $11.7 Million for Widespread Supervisory Failures

LPL Ordered to Pay Approximately $1.7 Million in Restitution to Customers The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) announced today that it has censured LPL Financial LLC and fined it $10 million for broad supervisory failures in a number of key areas, including the sales of non-traditional exchange-traded funds (ETFs), certain variable annuity contracts, non-traded real […]

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SEC Halts Fraudulent Farm Loan Scheme by Indianapolis Investment Adviser

The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced charges against an Indianapolis investment adviser, its president, two associates and several affiliated companies for engaging in two fraudulent farm loan offerings, in which they made ponzi scheme payments to investors in other offerings and paid themselves hundreds of thousands of dollars in undisclosed fees. The SEC obtained […]

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FINRA Files Cease and Desist Order Against Avenir Financial Group, CEO Michael Clements, and Registered Representative Karim Ibrahim for Fraud Against Elderly Investors

Registered Representative Cesar Rodriguez Barred for Fraud and Improper Use of Customer Funds WASHINGTON — The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) announced today that Avenir Financial Group, its CEO Michael Clements, and registered representative Karim Ibrahim aka Chris Allen consented to an order halting further fraudulent sales of equity interests in the firm and promissory […]

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SEC charges New York financial advisor with stealing $20 million from customers

The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced fraud charges against a New York City-based financial advisor accused of stealing at least $20 million from customers to fund his own brokerage accounts and then squandering the bulk of the money in highly unprofitable options trading. The SEC alleges that Michael J. Oppenheim abused his position as […]

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