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FINRA Fines SunTrust Robinson Humphrey, SunTrust Investment Services a Total of $5 Million for Auction Rate Securities Violations

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) announced today that it has fined SunTrust Robinson Humphrey, Inc. (SunTrust RH) and SunTrust Investment Services, Inc. (SunTrust IS) for violations related to the sale of auction rate securities (ARS). SunTrust RH, which underwrote the ARS, was fined $4.6 million for failing to adequately disclose the increased risk that […]

Raymond James Settles ARS Case and Agrees to $300 million Buyback

As part of a settlement with eight states and the Securities and Exchange Commission, Raymond James Financial Inc. will buy back $300 million in auction-rate securities from clients and pay a fine of $1.7 million. The states in charge of the settlement are Florida and Texas. Other states involved were Indiana, Missouri, New York, North […]

UBS Hit With $81 Million Auction Rate Securities Award By FINRA Arbitration Panel

A FINRA arbitration panel ordered UBS AG on Tuesday to pay $81 million in damages to a Bethesda, Maryland-based cellphone marketer that purchased auction-rate securities through the U.S. brokerage. FINRA documents posted online showed a panel comprised of three public arbitrators ordered to pay the damages to Kajeet Inc, which purchased student-loan auction-rate securities that […]

Raymond James Loses $2.5 Million FINRA Arbitration

A FINRA panel ordered Raymond James to pay $2.5 million to investors who alleged that Raymond James failed to divulge ‘risk of illiquidity’ in auction-rate securities market Raymond James Financial Inc., still carrying $600 million in auction rate securities. The firm is reportedly working to draw down its position in the ARS market, which seized […]

Looks Like a Loss for Credit Susse in Auction-Rate Securities Cases

Last month, a Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) arbitration panel awarded $9.8 million to Catalyst Health Solutions in its auction-rate securities case against Credit Suisse Securities, meaning that more institutional investors are coming out on top in their cases involving auction-rate securities. Catalyst Heath Solutions, which manages prescription drug benefits, is just one of many […]