Many brokerage firms have been promoting non-purpose loans, resulting in abusive sales practices and supervisory violations associated with the aggressive marketing of these lending arrangements. Brokerage firms suggesting that investors borrow against their securities to originate non-purpose loans has been at a number of large brokerage firms including Morgan Stanley, UBS, Wells Fargo and Bank of America/Merrill Lynch have been suggesting that investors borrow against their securities to originate non-purpose loans.
Most investors are unaware of the hidden financial incentive brokers have in suggesting these risky non-purpose loan arrangements. These loans oftentimes come with variable interest rates and are tied into structured products packaged with cost laden contractual obligations on the part of the customer.
In short, non-purpose can be a recipe for disaster and many unwitting investors have been duped into these transactions which only serve to enhance the fees which firms are already making on their customer account relationships with existing asset management fees, transactional fees and various other brokerage fees.
We offer a free initial consultation to investors who have been victimized with predatory non-purpose loan and Security Based Lending (SBL’s) loan transactions. For a free initial consultation contact the Law Offices of Timothy J. O'Connor at (518) 426-7700.