Browsing Category "Marc’s Blog"

The FINRA All Public Arbitration Panel Revisited

The FINRA All Public Arbitration Panel Revisited

Posted by on Nov 4, 2013 in arbitration, FINRA, Marc's Blog

Two months ago, I wrote a post about FINRA All-Public panels and how they don’t seem to make a difference. FINRA has released its statistics through September 2013 here. Guess what? Nothing has changed. The number of cases decided by […]

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A new entrant in the cold call contest – Jack Fitzpatrick from Blackbook Capital

A new entrant in the cold call contest – Jack Fitzpatrick from Blackbook Capital

Posted by on Oct 28, 2013 in Marc's Blog

I received a call today from Jack Fitzpatrick from Blackbook Securities. Jack told me that he was following up on a conversation we had on September 30 about a particular company. This was a baldfaced lie. He said the company […]

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Yet another cold call cowboy, Patrick Rusci

Yet another cold call cowboy, Patrick Rusci

Posted by on Sep 27, 2013 in Marc's Blog, Stockbroker issues

Or as his mother and father called him, Praxedes Russi. Now I am sure that Praxedes is a difficult name to use while cold calling, so I don’t fault him for using Pat, but when I asked him to spell […]

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Wells Fargo Advisors brokers “-” changing jobs? Your assets could be at risk.

Wells Fargo Advisors brokers “-” changing jobs? Your assets could be at risk.

Posted by on Sep 20, 2013 in Marc's Blog

Do you work at Wells Fargo? Do you have an employment agreement and promissory note? Are you (understandably) thinking about changing jobs? Well, then, you may have a problem if Wells Fargo believes you owe money on the note. I […]

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The All-Public FINRA Securities Arbitration Panel – is it any better?

The All-Public FINRA Securities Arbitration Panel – is it any better?

Posted by on Sep 6, 2013 in Marc's Blog

In February 2011, FINRA started allowing claimants to choose an all-public panel in securities arbitrations. I thought it was window-dressing. I did not think that the presence or absence of a non-public arbitrator would make a difference. In 2011, FINRA […]

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FINRA warns about marijuana stock scams.

FINRA warns about marijuana stock scams.

Posted by on Aug 21, 2013 in Marc's Blog

This should come as no surprise. A topic is in the news and scammers figure out a way to make a profit, sometimes faster than the actual industry that is the subject of the scam. In this case, FINRA is […]

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Not great news for Merrill Lynch brokers.

Not great news for Merrill Lynch brokers.

Posted by on Aug 19, 2013 in Marc's Blog

The rumor has been around for a while. Brokers were whispering that Bank of America doesn’t want to own the Merrill Lynch salesforce any more. That the cultures are too different. Well don’t get your hopes up, people. Bank of […]

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The latest cold caller, “Mark Sinclair”

The latest cold caller, “Mark Sinclair”

Posted by on Jul 29, 2013 in Marc's Blog

So, once again, a cold caller braved the telephone tree to call me. He said his name was “Mark Sinclair.” He told me he was calling from “Myers Associates.” I asked him how to spell the company’s name. He said […]

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Wells Fargo prevails in a promissory note case, or did they?

Wells Fargo prevails in a promissory note case, or did they?

Posted by on Jul 25, 2013 in Marc's Blog

Remember the case I was ranting about? The one where Wells Fargo’s lawyers billed for ridiculous tasks and ridiculous amounts of time. They can be found here and here. Well, the award came out. My client was ordered to pay […]

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Welcome to the party, Ken Abbas (real name Kumail Abbas) from C.K. Cooper & Co., Inc.

Welcome to the party, Ken Abbas (real name Kumail Abbas) from C.K. Cooper & Co., Inc.

Posted by on Jun 27, 2013 in securities, Securities Regulation, Stockbroker issues

Dear Ken Abbas – As promised, I am mentioning your name in my blog. Unlike you, I like to tell people the truth. You see, you told me that we spoke in October of last year. We never spoke and […]

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