Articles Tagged with FINRA Award

On August 23, 2021, a FINRA Dispute Resolution Services arbitration panel in Baltimore, Maryland, ordered UBS Financial Services, Inc. (“UBS”) to pay $405,000 to customers who invested in UBS’s Yield Enhancement Strategy (“YES”).  The award included $300,000 in compensatory damages, $30,000 in costs, and $75,000 in attorneys’ fees.  The customers alleged that UBS and broker Adam Rogers misrepresented UBS’s Yield Enhancement Strategy, a complex and highly risky options strategy, as a way to obtain marginally higher yield on a portfolio while taking limited risks.  In actuality, the complexity and nature of YES exposed the Claimants to a significant risk of loss.  The Claimants also alleged that UBS and its team of options traders conducted the YES program with virtually no supervision or compliance oversight and with inadequate risk controls.

This order is the third arbitration award against UBS in 2021 concerning YES and the fourth since December 2020.   On March 31, 2021, a FINRA arbitration panel in Columbus, Ohio, ordered UBS to pay customers over $372,000 in compensatory damages and fees.  Earlier in the month, on March 5, 2021, another FINRA arbitration panel in Denver, Colorado, ordered UBS to pay customers over $1 million in compensatory damages.  In December 2020, a FINRA arbitration panel in Boca Raton, Florida, awarded a customer nearly $90,000.

UBS has faced numerous lawsuits from customers in the form of FINRA securities arbitrations related to YES, a complex managed options strategy that UBS marketed as safe and market-neutral. The customers have claimed that the strategy was not suitable for them and that UBS materially misrepresented and omitted the risks of the strategy.

On August 13, 2021, a FINRA arbitration panel in New York, New York, ruled in favor of a brokerage customer that invested in GPB Automotive Portfolio LP and GPB Waste Management LP at the recommendation of his financial advisor at Hightower Securities, LLC.

The arbitration panel ordered Hightower Securities, LLC to refund $163,201 to the customer in exchange for a return of the limited partnership interests, essentially making the customer whole. The customer had purchased the limited partnership interests for $170,000 and had previously received $6,799 from the investments as a return of capital.

Iorio Altamirano LLP is investigating claims on behalf of defrauded investors who were victims in the GPB funds scheme. The GPB funds were marketed to independent broker-dealers and investment advisers who would, in turn, sell the GPB funds to their retail investors.

In an arbitration award published by FINRA on August 5, 2021, San Francisco, CA financial advisor Amy Rogers Blodgett and brokerage firm Ameritas Advisory Services was ordered to pay over $20,000 in damages to customers that alleged “gross mismanagement of investments” in their joint account maintained at Ameritas Advisory Services.

Iorio Altamirano LLP, an investor advocate law firm, is investigating claims on behalf of customers of Amy Blodgett and Ameritas Advisory Services.  Customers of Ms. Blodgett or Ameritas can contact Iorio Altamirano LLP for a free and confidential consultation and review of their legal rights.

Iorio Altamirano LLP  represents investors nationwide that have disputes with their financial advisors or brokerage firms, such as Ameritas Advisory Services.

A FINRA arbitrator in Jackson, Mississippi, has found E*Trade Securities LLC liable for failing to execute a trade properly and ordered the online brokerage firm to pay its customer over $31,000 (the “Award”).

According to the Award, the customer, Mr. David White, filed a claim against E*Trade in early February 2021, alleging that the firm failed to execute his order at the original limit price, not the higher trading price that the option was priced at the time.

E*Trade was also ordered to pay interest on the $31,150 in compensatory damages at a rate of 8% per annum from January 27, 2021, until the date of payment of the Award.

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