How much of your money is invested in the stock market?
Business Insider estimates that the global stock market was worth $69 trillion in 2014. When adding in all other kinds of investment securities, financial assets totaled $300 trillion. While your portion may only be a drop in the bucket, your investments are likely vital to your quality of life, your financial security and your retirement. You probably can’t afford to lose your money in the stock market, can you?
Unfortunately, investment fraud can and does happen. When brokers and corporations fail to follow the rules, it can result in lost money for investors both big and small.
If you suspect investment fraud, you may want to consult with an attorney.
Investment attorneys can be allies for individuals who have been misled by unscrupulous brokers, whistleblowers who have been punished for revealing a company’s illegal activities, and investors who have lost money due to corporate mismanagement.
Today’s investment lawyers can provide assistance in all of the following areas:
- Stockbroker malpractice: Investors rely on brokers to provide accurate and truthful information about stocks and other securities. When a broker either willfully or negligently provides incorrect information about investment risk or performance, it could be a case of stockbroker malpractice.
- Whistleblowers: Sometimes it takes the action of a whistleblower to bring cases of fraud to light. In exchange for their information, the law provides whistleblowers protection and may even entitle them to compensation.
- Shareholder rights: Shareholders own a company but sometimes they may not be afforded their right to have a say in how the business is managed. Investments lawyers may be able to help in cases in which shareholder rights are violated.
- Corporate malfeasance: Insider trading, the use of company assets for personal purposes and negotiating poor terms for a buyout can all be examples of corporate malfeasance. If executives have broken the law, an investment attorney may be able to recover damages.
If you have concerns about an investment or the manner in which a company is doing business, you may want to consult with an investment lawyer. An attorney can review your situation and make a personalized recommendation as to the course of action.
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