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Investors File Claims Against Bear Stearns

Wall Street Journal

A group of four law firms has filed additional investor arbitration claims against Bear Stearns Cos. and a fund manager alleging the firm was less than candid with investors in one of its hedge funds. “Our investigation indicates that officials at Bear Stearns engaged in a concerted effort to conceal the true state of affairs […]

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FINRA Wants Arbitration Claims Against Unnamed Brokers Reported

In order to make more information available to the public and regulators, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) recently proposed a rule amendment that would require securities brokerage firms to report brokers who allegedly engaged in a sales practice violation but are not named as parties in an arbitration proceedings or a civil lawsuit. The […]

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Finra Plan + Auction-Rate Mess = Anxiety

Dow Jones Newswires

A proposed rule meant to improve public disclosure of customer complaints against brokers is making some in the industry nervous about whether a wave of auction-rate securities lawsuits may unfairly blemish brokers’ records. Published last week by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, or Finra, the rule would require brokers to include on their records arbitration […]

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Use caution with auction rate certificates

Kansas City Star

Be wary of brokers and bankers touting can’t-lose investments that turn out to be anything but. That’s the hard lesson learned by thousands of consumers just now finding their savings are irretrievably stuck in something called auction rate certificates, or ARCs. They were told the obscure investments were as safe and liquid as money markets, […]

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Class action against Citigroup over hedge fund losses

Infovest21 News

So far, a class action lawsuit has been filed against Citigroup in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida for investors in the Falcon Fund. The case is Robert Zeff v.Citigroup Alternative Investments. The lawyers are calling on investors who lost more than $100,000 to join the action. Brokers who sold […]

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