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Investment Fraud, Securities Defense, and FINRA Arbitration Attorneys Nationwide

Attorney Pearce has over decades of first-hand experience with investment disputes in Florida, nationwide, and internationally. We are one of the most experienced FINRA Securities Arbitration Law Firms nationwide and have recovered more than $160 Million on behalf of our clients.

Con más de 40 años de experiencia personal

$21,000,000 Fallo final por robo civil
$8,500,000 Acuerdo de fraude de bonos de corredores de bolsa
$8,200,000 Liquidación de la cuenta de margen del corredor de bolsa
$7,800,000 Liquidación del fraude en la opción de compra de acciones de un corredor de bolsa
$6,000,000 Liquidación de fraude de bonos y fondos de bonos de corredores de bolsa
$5,800,000 Laudo arbitral por fraude de corredor de bolsa

The Law Offices of Robert Wayne Pearce P.A., represents clients on all sides of securities, commodities and investment fraud and other issues in a broad range of practice areas in courtroom litigation, arbitration, SEC defense, and mediation proceedings. Based out of offices in Boca Raton, Florida, stockbroker fraud attorney Robert Wayne Pearce and his team have handled hundreds of FINRA, AAA and JAMs securities arbitration and mediation cases for satisfied clients located not only in Florida but nationwide and throughout the world.

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The Law Offices of Robert Wayne Pearce has represented investors across the globe and throughout the United States. Our attorneys have recovered over $160 million for his investor clients in all types of stockbroker fraud and stockbroker misconduct cases.

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Tamara Hanseder

Paralegal registrado en Florida Trabajando con nuestra firma desde 2011
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Monica Duncan

Asistente legal Trabajando con nuestra empresa desde 1996
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Diana Cooper

Contador El contable del Sr. Pearce desde 1996

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En las Oficinas Legales de Robert Wayne Pearce, P.A., creemos que el último barómetro de nuestro éxito es superar las expectativas de nuestros clientes.

Los siguientes clientes tienen conocimiento directo de los procesos de nuestra firma desde el interior y experimentaron nuestra feroz defensa.

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  • "Robert Pearce es parte de esa inusual raza de abogados que son capaces de crear empatía con los clientes y adoptar a fondo su causa"

    No hay esfuerzos a medias aquí. Él y su grupo de profesionales son destacados estrategas que pueden ejecutar con un fervor preciso y una determinación inquebrantable. La suya es una enorme ola de hechos, investigaciones, precedentes y preparación, que me ha impresionado por su minuciosidad y creatividad, y lo más importante, por los resultados. Ninguna piedra queda sin remover y nunca se ahorra ningún esfuerzo. En mi libro, él y ellos son los de un tipo muy raro que uno quiere mantener por mucho tiempo.

    - Ramón Flores-Esteves -
  • "Al igual que la canción de HAMILTON, es tan agradable tener a Bob Pearce de tu lado".

    Al igual que la canción de HAMILTON, es tan agradable tener a Bob Pearce de tu lado. Es el abogado consumado del demandante: inteligente, dedicado, totalmente capaz de llevar un caso pero un gran negociador en una mediación. Hizo un trabajo maravilloso para nosotros, apoyándonos completamente a través del proceso y más que mantenerse en contra de un gran bufete de abogados nacional.

    - Maurice Z. -
  • "El Sr. Pearce y su personal superaron todas nuestras expectativas."

    El Sr. Pearce y su personal superaron todas nuestras expectativas. Pudimos llegar a un acuerdo que fue de nuestra completa satisfacción, todo dentro de un proceso muy fluido, profesional y eficiente. El Sr. Pearce es ahora no sólo nuestro abogado, sino también nuestro amigo de la familia. ¡Le recomendamos encarecidamente a él y a su equipo!

    - Severiano L. -
  • "Para la mejor oportunidad de lucha, Robert Pearce es el abogado que quieres en tu esquina."

    Este bufete de abogados es el verdadero negocio. Tuvimos tanta suerte de que aceptaran nuestro caso, ya que tienen tanta experiencia en valores y en todas las fechorías que ocurren en estas compañías de inversión donde te engañan a ti y a tu dinero (como en nuestro caso) en esquemas que no son lo que tú crees que son. El Sr. Robert Pearce es uno de los mejores abogados que hay, un verdadero profesional que luchará por usted y le dirá cómo es todo el tiempo. No podríamos haber pasado por esta experiencia si no fuera por todo el asesoramiento, la orientación y el apoyo que él y todo su personal y asociados aportaron al juego. Para la mejor oportunidad de lucha, Robert Pearce es el abogado que quieres en tu esquina.

    - Astrid M. -
  • "Nunca se sintió intimidado y su estudio del caso y la perseverancia prevalecieron en todo momento".

    El abogado Robert Pearce fue nuestro abogado en un caso contra una firma de corretaje y soy testigo de su capacidad e inteligencia para tratar con los abogados de la firma de abogados más prominente de Nueva York que fue la clave para recuperar gran parte de nuestras pérdidas animadas por su negligencia. Nunca se sintió intimidado y su estudio del caso y perseverancia prevalecieron en todo momento.

    - José A. C. -
  • "Al final, Bob y yo fuimos los últimos en reír cuando los árbitros me concedieron casi 6 millones de dólares."

    Ningún abogado, excepto Bob, dijo que tenía una oportunidad de ganar. Cuando los abogados de UBS se rieron y me ofrecieron cero para resolver la disputa, Bob se determinó aún más para probar que todos estaban equivocados. Bob estaba extremadamente preparado, y siempre un paso adelante de los abogados de la oposición durante todo el arbitraje. Al final, Bob y yo fuimos los últimos en reír cuando los árbitros me otorgaron casi 6 millones de dólares.

    - J. Blanco -
  • "Cada reunión y llamada telefónica se hizo con dedicación y deseo de ayudar a nuestra familia en cada paso del camino."

    El equipo de Robert es excelente. Son muy competitivos en lo que hacen y son muy responsables. Cada reunión y llamada telefónica se hizo con dedicación y deseo de ayudar a nuestra familia en cada paso del camino. Su profesionalismo, responsabilidad y empatía nos aseguraron que estábamos en buenas manos. Recomiende a todos.

    - Mayra A. -

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¿Puedo demandar a mi asesor financiero por las pérdidas de la inversión en pagarés estructurados?

Structured notes are investments that combine securities from several asset classes to create a single investment with a particular risk and return profile over a time period. Unfortunately, investment loss is not unheard of with structured notes. This article will try to explain how a structured note works and what you can do if you have lost money due to an advisor’s bad purchase decisions for you. Can I Sue My Financial Advisor For Structured Note Investment Losses? Yes, you can sue your financial advisor for structured note investment losses for one or more of the following reasons: The nature, mechanics, or risks of the structured note were misrepresented. The financial advisor failed to provide you with a prospectus, offering memorandum, or otherwise disclose all of the material risks of the structured product investment. The recommendation that you invest in a particular structured note was unsuitable. Your account was over-concentrated in structured notes which may otherwise have been suitable for a small percentage (10% or less) of your portfolio. What Are Structured Notes? Structured notes are investments which often combine securities of different asset classes as one investment for a desired risk and return over a period of time. They are complex investments that are often misunderstood by not only investors but the financial advisors who recommend them.  Structured notes are manufactured by financial institutions in all sizes and shapes. Generally, a structured note is an unsecured obligation of an issuer with a return, generally paid at maturity, that is linked to the performance of an underlying asset, such as a securities market index, exchange traded fund, and/or individual stocks. The return on the structured note will depend on the performance of the underlying asset and the specific features of the investment being made. The different features and risks of structured notes can affect the terms and issuance, returns at maturity, and the value of the structured product before maturity. They may have limited or no liquidity before maturity. Before investing, you better make sure you understand the terms and conditions and risks associated with the structured note being offered. Structured notes are often represented as investments being guaranteed by large financial institutions. Indeed, the top issuers of structured notes in 2021, Goldman Sachs (12.75%), Morgan Stanley (12.70%), Citigroup (12.46%), J.P. Morgan (11.92%), UBS (80.47%), Credit Suisse (4.99%), RBC (4.45%), Bank of America (3.90%), Scotiabank (3.89%), are some of the largest financial institutions in the world. It’s important to understand that although the benefits of owning structured products may be guaranteed to be paid by one of those large financial institutions, the amount of interest or principal being guaranteed is dependent upon the features of the product being sold; that is, the specific terms and conditions of the investment contract being purchased. In this low-interest rate environment the most popular structured notes being offered are structured notes with principal protection and income features. Some of the structured notes offer full principal protection, but others offer partial or no protection of principal at all. Some structured notes offer higher rates of interest that may be paid monthly and then suddenly stop paying any interest at all because payment was contingent upon certain events not happening. It all depends on the terms and conditions of the investment contract being purchased, which is why you must read the term sheet or better yet the prospectus to understand the nature, mechanics and risks of the structured note being sold. You need to understand that there are many key terms beyond the words “guarantor” and “guaranteed” which are used often to describe structured notes. You need to ask about and be sure to understand the following features of the structured notes being offered: the nature of the “reference asset” (a/k/a the “underlyings”) the reference index(es), ETF(s), or stock(s) underlying the structured note. whether the “reference asset” gets put to you at maturity (delivered) or you get paid in cash and forced to realize a loss. the “barrier levels” which can dictate the payment of interest and/or return of capital to the investor in the structured notes. whether the notes “auto-callable” which might force you to realize permanent loss that might not otherwise have occurred if you were allowed to hold the securities through market fluctuation. the “redemption dates,” or “observation dates, ” which may impact the amount of payment of principal or interest you ultimately receive. whether the interest payments subject to a “contingent coupon” and, if so, be sure you know the contingency parameter and the level where your interest payments may stop. How the “closing value” and/or “final value” of the “reference asset (as)” are calculated on the “redemption date(s)” or “observation date(s).” Are Structured Notes Suitable Investments? Let me answer that question this way, a particular structured note may be suitable for somebody but not everybody. With regard to the more common structured notes being offered by the major financial institutions these days, they are not suitable for individuals seeking an investment that: produces fixed periodic interest payments, or other non-contingent sources of income and/or you cannot tolerate receiving few or no interest payments over the term of the notes in the event the closing value of the underlings or reference stock falls below a barrier level on one or more of the observation dates. participates in the full appreciation of the reference stock rather than an investment with a return that is limited to the contingent interest payments, if any, paid on the notes. provides for the full repayment of principal at maturity, and/or you are unwilling or unable to accept the risk that you may lose some or all of the principal amount of the notes in the event the final value of the reference asset falls below the barrier value. They are not suitable investments if you are someone who: anticipates that the closing value of the reference asset will decline during the term of the notes such that the closing value of the reference asset will fall below...

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J.P. Morgan es demandado por la supuesta mala conducta de Edward Turley

J.P. Morgan Securities, LLC ("J.P. Morgan") empleó al asesor financiero de San Francisco, Edward Turley ("Sr. Turley"), que ha sido demandado por su presunto fraude y mala conducta como corredor de bolsa en relación con una estrategia de inversión altamente especulativa en cuentas de margen muy apalancadas. Representamos a una familia (los "Demandantes") del suroeste que construyó un exitoso negocio de fabricación y confió sus ahorros a J.P. Morgan y a su asesor financiero para que los gestionaran invirtiendo en "empresas sólidas" y de forma "cuidadosa". Para empezar, es importante que nuestros lectores sepan que las alegaciones de nuestros clientes aún no han sido probadas. Estamos proporcionando información sobre las alegaciones de nuestros clientes y buscando información de otros inversores que hicieron negocios con J.P. Morgan y el Sr. Turley y tuvieron inversiones similares, una estrategia de inversión similar y una mala experiencia similar para ayudarnos a ganar el caso de nuestros clientes.

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We are a Nationally Recognized Securities Law Firm

Con un exitoso historial de recuperación de las pérdidas de inversión

El abogado Pearce es un respetado defensor de los inversores en toda la comunidad legal, conocido como un feroz litigante e incansable no sólo en Boca Ratón, sino en toda la Florida y en todo el país. Lea su Blog de Derechos de los Inversionistas y descubra la amplitud de sus conocimientos que sólo se puede obtener de más de 40 años de experiencia legal por sí mismo. Como uno de los más experimentados abogados de arbitraje FINRA, el Sr. Pearce conoce todas las opciones disponibles para su caso y las perseguirá vigorosamente para asegurar el mejor resultado posible para usted y su caso de fraude de corredores de bolsa y la mala conducta de los corredores de bolsa. Él ha ganado una calificación de pares de AV Preeminente * a través del proceso de calificación de revisión por pares Martindale-Hubbell, la más alta calificación disponible a través de ese programa.

El Sr. Pearce es uno de los Súper Abogados de Thomson Reuters Florida ** para Litigios de Valores (Top 5). Lea el artículo sobre él en la revista de Súper Abogados de Florida 2014 titulado: "Sin excusas - Cómo Robert Wayne Pearce miró fijamente un desastre personal".

Durante sus más de 40 años de experiencia en la práctica del derecho de valores y productos básicos, ha ganado numerosos premios y acuerdos millonarios para sus clientes, lo que le ha valido el reconocimiento por su éxito del Million Dollar Advocates Forum y del Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum como uno de los mejores abogados litigantes de América TM***.

Al contratar a Robert Wayne Pearce, un abogado con más de 40 años de experiencia ejerciendo en el área de valores, materias primas y fraude de inversiones a ambos lados de la mesa en arbitrajes y litigios en los tribunales, verá claramente su experiencia y conocimientos legales en acción. Al contar con un litigante feroz y un defensor incansable de sus derechos, un abogado que identificará rápidamente tanto las fortalezas como las debilidades de su caso, seguramente aumentará las probabilidades de ganar su caso.

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FINRA Arbitration in 2022: Disputes, Process, and Guide

This is your definitive guide to FINRA arbitration in 2022. In this article you will learn: how disputes are handles under FINRA arbitration, the FINRA arbitration process, and what to expect if you are involved in a FINRA arbitration case. We will also cover the most important information that you will need to know about FINRA arbitration in 2022 so that you can be prepared if you find yourself involved in a case. FINRA Overview FINRA, the acronym for Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, governs disputes between investors and brokers and disputes between brokers. In this article, we solely concentrate on how an individual private investor files a claim to recover losses against their broker or financial advisor.  We will explain how FINRA fits into the securities regulatory scheme. We will discuss how FINRA provides services designed to resolve disputes in a cost-effective manner that is quicker than a traditional court and give some insight into how FINRA‘s arbitration procedure works. Next, we will examine the pros and cons of FINRA arbitration. Lastly, we will discuss how a highly experienced lawyer who has represented numerous clients successfully at FINRA arbitration can help you recover your damages from your broker or financial advisor.  What Is FINRA? FINRA is not a government agency. Unlike the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), FINRA is an organization established by Congress to oversee the brokerage industry. FINRA is a self-governing body and operates independently from the U.S. government. By contrast, the SEC more broadly regulates the buying and selling of securities on various exchanges such as the New York Stock Exchange, NASDAQ, and the American Stock Exchange. The SEC approves initial public offerings and secondary offerings and can halt trading to avoid a crash if necessary.  Additionally, the SEC has law enforcement powers. Along with the FBI and the U.S. Attorneys Office, the SEC can investigate acts surrounding the buying, selling, and issuing of securities. The U.S. Attorney can pursue charges for crimes relating to the stock market, such as insider trading and wire fraud. While the SEC has the authority to file civil lawsuits against any person or organization violating the securities statutes and the SEC’s rules. How Is FINRA Different from the SEC? FINRA has a different function than the SEC altogether. FINRA is a regulatory agency designed to promote public confidence in the brokerage industry and the financial markets as well. People will not invest if they believe they have trusted unscrupulous financial advisors to protect their economic interests. FINRA ensures that its members comply with the ethical rules of their profession, similar to a state bar for attorneys or a board of registration for medical professionals.  Congress granted FINRA authorization to investigate complaints investors make concerning misconduct, fraud, or potentially criminal behavior. As a result, FINRA can discipline its members if the agency determines that a broker violated its professional code. FINRA can assess fines, place restrictions on a broker’s authority, or expel the member from its ranks for an egregious violation. Anyone who suspects their broker or their financial advisor of wrongdoing should file a complaint with FINRA’s complaint center for investors.  You should be aware that FINRA’s rules do not restrict you from filing a complaint seeking an investigation into wrongdoing and pursuing monetary damages in arbitration.  FINRA Alternative Dispute Resolution FINRA provides a forum for investors to resolve their disputes with their brokers or financial advisors. In fact, FINRA boasts the largest securities dispute resolution forum in the US. FINRA offers arbitration services, as well as mediation services, as a means to avoid costly and inefficient litigation in courts. FINRA provides a fair, effective, and efficient forum to resolve broker disputes. FINRA’s goal is to settle disputes quickly and efficiently without the standard procedural and discovery requirements that bog down cases filed in courts.  How Does Arbitration Work with FINRA? Arbitration is an alternative to filing a case in civil court. Arbitration tends to be less formal and is designed to process claims more quickly than filing a lawsuit in court.  FINRA’s arbitration process involves resolving monetary disputes among brokers and investors. FINRA’s arbitrators can issue monetary judgments and have the authority to order a broker to deliver securities to you if that is a just resolution of the case.  An arbitration hearing is similar to a trial in court. The parties admit evidence and argue their side to a neutral person or panel of arbitrators who will decide the case. The arbitrator’s decision, called an award, is the judgment of the case and is final. You should know that you do not have the right to appeal the award to another arbitrator. You may have an opportunity to pursue an appeal in court under limited circumstances. However, you cannot elect to arbitrate your case and then file a complaint in court seeking a trial on the issues decided by the arbitrator.  FINRA’s arbitration forum operates under the rules set forth by the SEC. FINRA ensures that the platform serves as it should and facilitates ending disputes. No member of FINRA participates in the arbitration. FINRA merely provides the forum and enforces the rules. Arbitrators decide the cases.  The arbitrators typically need about 16 months to issue an award. This is a lot quicker than court, where cases could take years to get to trial. The parties also have the opportunity to resolve the dispute by negotiating among themselves without going to arbitration.  FINRA’s Arbitration Forum Protects Investor Confidentiality Arbitration with FINRA is often confidential. The parties can share information about their case if they choose. However, they do not have to do so. By contrast, court filings are public records. Any person could view the court file and learn all the private information contained in the pleadings. The pleadings that the parties must file in FINRA arbitration cases are not public records. Notwithstanding, FINRA posts arbitration awards for anyone to see in its online database. The underlying pleadings remain confidential even though FINRA publishes the award online. Posting the...

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How SEC Investigations Work: Process, Timeline, and Causes

You never want to be in the situation where the SEC is investigating you, but when they do, you must act quickly and decisively to minimize any harm. In this article, we’ll take a look at some of the most common reasons why the SEC might initiate an investigation into a company or individual, the SEC investigation process, how long SEC investigations take, and some steps you can take to protect yourself if it happens to you. What Causes an SEC Investigation? The SEC’s Division of Enforcement is in charge of investigating alleged breaches of securities law. Unregistered securities offerings, insider trading, accounting errors, negligence, market manipulation, and fraud are all common reasons for SEC investigations. Need Legal Help? Let’s talk. or, give us a ring at 561-338-0037. The SEC may also investigate a company or individual if they receive a complaint from someone who has been harmed by the alleged violations. Note: If you are under investigation by the SEC, it’s generally safe to assume that you’re under investigation for or a witness to securities fraud. There are Two Types of SEC Investigations: The SEC can conduct two types of investigations: formal and informal. Informal Investigations: For a vast majority of cases, investigations are informal. An informal investigation is less formal and typically occurs when the SEC has general concerns about a company or individual’s compliance with securities laws. The focus of an informal investigation is broader, and the SEC typically relies on information provided by the company or individual under investigation as well as other sources such as whistleblowers. This means that the SEC staff will review the facts and evidence available to them and make a determination as to whether or not an enforcement action is warranted. Following an informal investigation, the SEC may choose to take no action, issue a warning letter, or file a formal enforcement action. Formal Investigation: A formal investigation is more serious and typically occurs when the SEC has specific evidence that a violation of securities laws has occurred. In a formal investigation, the SEC will often use its subpoena power to obtain documents and other information from the company or individual being investigated. The SEC generally reserves formal investigations for more-important matters involving large sums of money or a large number of investors. However, this isn’t always the case, and Enforcement Division staff may elect to pursue a formal inquiry in any situation where it appears that administrative, civil, or criminal fines might be appropriate. All SEC investigations are conducted privately. Facts and evidence obtained by the SEC during an investigation are not made public unless and until the SEC files a formal enforcement action. What Happens When You are Under Investigation? First, you will NOT be told you are under investigation by the SEC. But you will likely receive a letter from the SEC’s Division of Enforcement with a Subpoena requesting documents and/or requiring you to give testimony. At that point, you can request the opportunity to view the Formal Order of Investigation with a summary of the investigation underway. It is a very general description and rarely identifies who or what conduct is under investigation. In most cases, it is important to respond to the SEC as quickly as possible and to provide them with all of the relevant information. Failure to respond or provide false information can lead to civil and criminal penalties. It is strongly advised that you seek legal representation if you are under investigation by the SEC before you respond to the SEC’s letter. An experienced securities defense lawyer will be able to help you navigate the process and protect your rights. What are the Risks of Not Responding to an SEC Investigation? If you do not respond to an SEC investigation, the SEC may take enforcement action against you. This could include filing a lawsuit against you or seeking a court order requiring you to take specific actions such as making restitution to investors or ceasing and desisting from certain activities. The SEC may also seek to bar you from working in the securities industry or from participating in penny stock offerings if you are a registered person. How Long Do SEC Investigations Take? The length of an SEC investigation can vary depending on the facts and circumstances of the case. However, in most cases, the SEC will take a many months to investigate a company or individual before making a decision on whether to take enforcement action. Need Legal Help? Let’s talk. or, give us a ring at 561-338-0037. Of course there are factors outside of the SEC’s control that can also affect the length of an investigation, such as the availability of witnesses or the need to gather evidence from foreign jurisdictions. You can learn more about the SEC’s enforcement process by visiting the SEC’s website. What Happens After an SEC Investigation? After an SEC investigation, the Enforcement Division will decide whether to take enforcement action. Of course, the ideal case (when the SEC has started an investigation) is to conclude the inquiry with no evidence of wrongdoing. However, if the SEC’s Enforcement Division decides to take action, the division will file a lawsuit in federal court. The SEC’s litigation is generally public, and the agency will typically issue a press release announcing its action. The press release will include a summary of the allegations and the relief being sought by the SEC. Defendants in SEC lawsuits have the right to be represented by an attorney and to file a response to the SEC’s allegations. The litigation will proceed through the court system, and a final judgment will be issued by the court. What’s a Wells Notice? If the SEC decides that they want to pursue a formal enforcement action against you, they will send you what is known as a Wells Notice. A Wells Notice is a formal notification from the SEC that they are considering bringing an enforcement action against you for violating securities law. It gives you an opportunity to respond to the allegations and to provide information in defense of yourself. 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Did Your Broker Sell Your Stocks Without Permission?

You looked into your investment account and discovered that a number of your shares had been sold without your permission. You didn’t give the go-ahead, so you’re understandably confused, frustrated, and angry. What do you do now? First, you need to determine who sold your stocks. If it was your broker, you may be finding yourself asking whether or not your broker can sell stocks without your permission. Can my broker sell my stocks without permission? Your broker cannot sell stocks without your permission, unless you have given written authorization to do so. This is called unauthorized trading and not permitted under securities industry rules. Need Legal Help? Let’s talk. or, give us a ring at 561-338-0037. However, while the appropriate authorization must always be obtained, a broker does not necessarily need to obtain express permission for every transaction. In this article we will review the two circumstances in which a broker may sell securities without prior notice to or consent from the client. Note: If you believe you have suffered losses on your investment as a result of unauthorized trading, you should speak to a stockbroker fraud attorney about your legal rights. Is Your Investment Account a Discretionary Account? The first instance when a broker may sell stocks without your permission is if they are trading in a discretionary account. A discretionary account is one in which the broker has the authority to make investment decisions on behalf of the client, without prior approval from the client. If you are unsure whether or not you have a discretionary account, you learn about the difference between a non-discretionary and discretionary account here. In order for a broker to sell stocks in a discretionary account, they must have what is called “discretion.” This means that the broker must have reasonable grounds to believe that the sale is in the best interests of the client. The key word in this definition is “reasonable.” This means that a broker cannot simply sell stocks without your permission because they feel like it. There must be a reason for the sale, such as an expectation of a market decline or other adverse event that could impact the value of the security. If you do not agree with a decision made by your broker in a discretionary account, you have the right to object and have the decision reviewed by a supervisor. Is There a Margin Call on Your Account? The second instance when a broker may sell stocks without your permission is in response to a margin call. A margin call is when the broker demands that the client deposit additional funds or securities to cover the cost of the stock purchased on margin. Technically, you probably gave him permission when you opened your margin account. If you do not meet the margin call, the broker has the right to sell the securities to cover the margin debt. This is done in order to protect the interests of the broker and the securities lending institution. Trading on a margin account is a risky investment and can result in substantial losses. For this reason, it is important to understand the risks before opening a margin account. You can learn more about margin trading on FINRA’s website. Get a Second Opinion: Contact an Stockbroker Fraud Lawyer Today If you have discovered that your broker sold stocks without your permission, you may be feeling overwhelmed and confused. You may be wondering what your legal rights are and whether or not you can take action. The best way to determine your legal rights and options is to speak with an stockbroker fraud lawyer. The Law Offices of Robert Wayne Pearce, P.A. specializes in representing investors who have suffered losses as a result of investment fraud. We offer free, no obligation consultations so you can learn more about your legal rights and options. Call us today at (877) 228-9395 to speak with an stockbroker fraud lawyer.

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