FINRA Investor Newsletter ~ March 2014

Posted by on Mar 27, 2014 in News, Securities Arbitration | 0 comments

Below is the investor newsletter for March 2014.  Some good information for investors trying to protect themselves and their investments. FINRA Investor NewsInvestor Alerts Bitcoin: More than a Bit Risky FINRA is issuing this alert to caution investors that buying and using digital currencies such as Bitcoin carry risks Speculative trading in bitcoins comes with significant risk. There is also the risk of fraud related to companies claiming to offer Bitcoin payment platforms and other related products and services. via Finra We can help If you feel that you have been defrauded by or suffered...

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Why did the Supreme Court Need to Frame the ‘Obamacare’ Individual Mandate as a Tax?

Posted by on Oct 8, 2012 in Federal Taxes, News | 0 comments

I intentionally waited for some of the political debate to die before writing about the Supreme Court ruling on the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (the real name of “Obamacare” for those who have never heard it called by its real name).  I do not intend to delve into any of the political aspect of the law or the policy issues involved; the purpose of this article is merely to explain why it was so important for Justice Roberts’ opinion to conclude that the individual mandate was a tax for “Obamacare” to survive SCOTUS scrutiny. It seems that...

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JPMorgan Chase Brokers Favoring Bank’s Own Funds

Posted by on Jul 8, 2012 in News, Securities Arbitration | 0 comments

The NY Times published a report this week that suggest that JPMorgan Chase used its brokers to sell its own financial products even though there were better performing or cheaper options available to their customers.  In the case of at least one offering, the bank exaggerated the returns of what it was selling in its marketing material. Apparently, the bank encouraged these types of investments to improve its own financial situation at the expense of its customers.  By encouraging investments in its own funds and products, the bank secured a stable source of funds which contributed fees to...

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U.S. Supreme Court Health Care Decision

Posted by on Jun 28, 2012 in Business Planning, News | 0 comments

For those interested in the recent decision by the United States Supreme Court regarding the health care law, we have attached a link to the decision below. National Federation of  Independent Business v Sebelius  

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Constitutional Right to Warn Other Drivers of Police

Posted by on May 24, 2012 in News | 0 comments

A Florida man was ticketed for violating Florida law when he flashed his headlights to warn other drivers of a police speed trap.  According to the judge presiding over the case, not only does this activity not violate the Florida statute under which the driver was ticketed, but the act of signaling to other drivers via the flashing of headlights is protected “speech” under the First Amendment. Here is the article from the Orland...

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Supreme Court Says Father Must be Alive When Children are Conceived for them to Receive Social Security Survivor Benefits

Posted by on May 22, 2012 in News | 0 comments

Interesting but fairly trivial decision from the US Supreme Court:   Astrue v. Capato              

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