Archive for September, 2009:

Securities Arbitration In the News – Could Arbitration Help You Recover Investment Losses?

Written on September 23rd, 2009 by Jason M. Kueserno shouts

US News & World Report published an article today written by Rob Silverblatt. The article was entitled “Could Arbitration Help You Recover Investment Losses.” The author interviewed several attorneys who practice in the area (unfortunately, the author of this blog was not one of them) and discussed patterns and trends in securities arbitration filings. The article also noted the fact that concerns related to the arbitration process have caused politicians to push the Arbitration Fairness Act (AFA) through Congress. The AFA would nullify mandatory arbitration provisions in contracts between investment firms (as well as other companies) and their customers.

The timing of this article is hardly coincidental. Over the past few years, consumers and investors have fallen victim to a scourge of Wall Street initiated hardship. Unlike the dotcom collapse that occurred earlier in the decade, losses have occurred across the board, including investments marketed as “conservative” or “cash equivalents.” From auction rate securities, collateralized mortgage obligations, and unprecedented losses in bond funds, investors have had few places to turn. In addition, as the stock market plunged from late 2007 to early 2009, investors who were in stocks suffered substantial losses. Those who were sold inverse and leveraged ETFs lost even more.

The Kueser Law Firm represents investors in securities arbitration. If you are concerned that your investments have been mismanaged, contact us to learn more about your rights.

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Securities Arbitration Claims Rise by 65% from 2008

Written on September 21st, 2009 by Jason M. Kueserno shouts

Helen Kearney, of bankinvestmentconsultant.com recently reported that as of August 2009, more arbitration claims had been filed than in all of 2009. Although there was a slight downturn in the number of claims filed in August, it is unclear whether this trend will continue.

In large part, the number of claims will likely depend on what happens in the markets over the next few months. In addition, there are different types of investments that have been the subject of significant arbitration claims, including auction rate securities and other cash-equivalent funds. Some of these investments have also been the subject of regulatory investigations and settlements. The outcome of those pending investigations could impact the number of cases filed during the remainder of the year.

If you have concerns about the manner in which your investments have been managed, or if you are worried that an investment you own may not be what you thought you had invested your money in, you should contact an attorney to discuss your rights. The Kueser Law Firm represents individuals in securities arbitration. Feel free to contact us if you would like more information.

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