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In the recent years, we witnessed a sharp decline in Puerto Rican municipal bond prices and related assets, resulting in an upsurge in FINRA claims, arbitrations and awards. This has revealed new insights into the bond market and we anticipate a wave of FINRA Arbitration cases linked to bonds and fixed income asset classes.

After the recession in 2008, there has been a massive movement away from equities towards the seemingly less-risky and volatile asset class of bonds, creating a spike in demand for U.S. treasuries, corporate and municipal bonds. More than $1 trillion has flowed into the U.S. bond market since 2008.

Bonds are sensitive to interest rates and it’s pricing inversely proportional to interest rates. Fed has explicitly stated their intent to hike interest rates going forward, therefore, a fall in bond prices can be reasonably anticipated. Rising interest rates will result in losses for bond investors, most immediate effect being paper losses, and the inability to sell those bonds without incurring actual losses for a long time. Majority of the impact will be felt by longer term bond investors with 10 years or more to maturity and by non-treasury bond holders that tend to fall faster as rates rise.

The securities fraud attorneys at Malecki Law are interested in hearing from investors who have complaints against stockbroker Joseph A. Miles.  Mr. Miles is believed to be currently employed and registered with St. Bernard Financial Services, Inc. based in Russellville, Arkansas.  He was also previously registered with Clearing Services of America, Inc., American Capital Equities, Inc., Dominick & Dominick, Inc. and David Lerner Associates, Inc., according to industry records.

According to his BrokerCheck, as maintained by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), Mr. Miles has been the subject of three recent customer complaints, including one complaint seeking $169,865.70 alleging that Mr. Miles sold bonds that declined in value, with damages granted of $100,000.  The second most recent customer complaint alleged securities fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, common law fraud, and breach of contract related to South African Bonds which was settled for $75,000, according to FINRA records.  The third complaint involved allegations of fraud, breach of contract and negligence and was settled after the death of the customer, per BrokerCheck records.

If you or a family member lost money that was invested with Joseph A. Miles, you are encouraged to contact the securities fraud lawyers at Malecki Law for a free consultation and case evaluation at (212) 943-1233.

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced this week that two Citigroup Affiliates, Citigroup Global Markets Inc. (CGMI) and Citigroup Alternative Investments LLC (CAI), agreed to pay $180 million to settle charges of defrauding investors with false and misleading claims. According to allegations, these Citigroup affiliates had claimed that their hedge funds, Falcon fund and ASTA/MAT,  were low-risk products safe for traditional bond investors, however, these funds collapsed during the financial crisis.

According to SEC’s investigations, the above mentioned Citigroup affiliates raised almost $3 billion from 4,000 investors by making false and misleading representations for their hedge funds. They are reported as having continued to claim that these funds were low-risk and made false assurances about liquidity even as the funds started collapsing. The investigation also revealed that CAI raised $110 million in additional investments even when the fund was in dire situation and Citigroup employees presented the funds to investors in a manner that was at odds with the fine print in the written and marketing materials provided to investors. The Citigroup affiliates consented to settle without admitting or denying the findings that they willfully violated Sections 17(a)(2) and (3) of the Securities Act of 1933, GCMI willfully violated Section 206(2) of the Investment Advisers Act of 1940, and CAI willfully violated Section 206(4) of the Advisers Act and Rules 206(4)-7 and 206(4)-8. The firms have also consented to censure and will cease and desist from future violations.

Malecki Law takes a proactive and informed approach to national and international financial news of today. This represents a classic case of Securities Fraud where investors are misled into investing in unsuitable products. SEC holds investment firms and brokers accountable for looking out for investors’ best interests and the team at Malecki Law represents and guides investors who have been victimized by false claims, false assurances and misrepresentations. For a comprehensive list of kinds of Securities Fraud please click here and contact us if you feel you have suffered similar losses.