The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) recently released summary of arbitration statistics as of August of 2015, including considerable historical statistics from previous year filings going back fifteen years to the year 2000. Top categories and filings include controversies involving margin calls, churning, unauthorized trading, failure to supervise, negligence, omission of facts, breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, unsuitability, misrepresentation, corporate bonds, certificate of deposit, mutual funds, options, common stock, limited partnerships, annuities, preferred stock, variable annuities, derivative securities, and auction rate securities. While the majority of cases originally submitted to arbitration are resolved for some, approximately 18% of all cases submitted are ultimately 25% decided by arbitrators with the balance being resolved through direct settlement by parties, mediation, withdrawal and other means of resolution. Additionally, recent statistics indicate that of the current available pool of 6,420 arbitrators in the United States, over 55% (3,543) of these arbitrators are categorized as non-public arbitrators meaning that they’ve had considerable previous affiliations with the Securities Industry.
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