Margin Trading is Inappropriate for Most Investors
Our law offices have handled a number of matters
involving financial advisors who have convinced inexperienced and unsophisticated investors without any
meaningful experience in the financial markets to engage in margin trading in their brokerage
accounts. Margin trading involves borrowing against the existing value of an investor’s account
for the purpose of engaging in leveraged trading activity in stocks and mutual funds.
The risks associated with margin trading include
leveraged downside exposure which could wipe out the value of your account in the event of a market
downturn such as that had in the recent downturn in September of 2008 through April of 2009.
Additionally, accounts traded on margin are charged interest on the borrowed funds, with brokerage firms
and their brokers usually earning additional commissions due to the additional, leveraged trading
activity in stocks and mutual funds. Brokerage firms also earn sales credits on margin interest
charged to your account.
Victims of account churning, inappropriate margin
trading, and similar such securities fraud can pursue their claims through the Office of Dispute
Resolution of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA). If you feel you have been the
victim of inappropriate margin trading, we offer a free initial consultation to discuss your possible
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