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FINRA Broker Check

Broker Check was designed as an attempt at transparency and accountability in the world of investments, offering investors a powerful tool to research and evaluate the background and qualifications of brokers and brokerage firms. Often criticized as an invasion of brokers’ rights, containing unsworn and unproven allegations against financial professionals, […]

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Understanding What is a Security?

A security is a form of ownership in an entity. While some believe that in order to be a security the instrument must be traded on a market, the legal definition of a security is much broader. The definition is important, because if the instrument is a security, then the federal and state securities laws apply to the purchase and sale of that instrument. We define and explain the different types of securities

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Enforcement Primer

Introduction to SEC Investigations

Introduction SEC Investigations, and ultimately SEC enforcement proceedings, can be disruptive, and devastating events for individuals and corporations. Next to hiring an experienced securities defense attorney, knowing what to expect during the investigation will help you achieve your desired result. As former SEC Staff Attorneys, and Securities Defense Attorneys, the attorneys […]

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Cryptocurrency Primer

Cryptocurrency – An Introduction

Cryptocurrency is a digital or virtual currency that is secured by cryptography, making it difficult to counterfeit or double-spend. Cryptocurrencies use decentralized technology for secure peer-to-peer transactions that are recorded on a public ledger known as a blockchain. There are currently over 8,000 cryptocurrencies in circulation, with new ones being […]

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Arbitration Primer

What is Securities Arbitration?

Securities arbitration has become the most often-used method of resolving disputes in the securities industry. Since the late 1970’s,  FINRA and its predecessors have required brokerage firms and stock brokers into securities arbitration to resolve their disputes with each other, and with their customers. That requirement led to brokerage firms […]