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As an investor, margin investing is one of the best ways to boost your investment gains. However, having a margin account investment is a high-risk form of investment that is a reserve for sophisticated investors who understand the risks that come with it. Even though this investment can increase investors’ buying power and yield high returns, thousands of investors have lost substantial funds through margin abuse.
If you have suffered losses due to margin abuse, you might not know who to turn to for professional help. At Weltz Law, we understand how margin account investment works, and we are ready to use our expertise and experience to help you get justice. Connect with us now to discuss your needs with our legal professionals.
What Is Margin Abuse?
A client who buys securities can choose to pay for them in full or borrow part of the buying price from an advisory firm, financial institution, or brokerage firm. Buying securities using borrowed money is typically referred to as “buying on margin.”
If you decide to borrow funds from a securities investment firm, you must open an investment account with the firm. When you do, the investment firm is supposed to determine whether you can afford the financial risks of this kind of investing, provide a comprehensive explanation of the risks involved, and decide whether or not you understand these risks.
Margin accounts involve significant risks, and you need to understand them before you enter into an agreement. Investment firms and their financial advisors should disclose these risks, including that:
- You might lose more money than your initial investment
- You might be forced to sell some or all your security positions in your brokerage account to meet margin calls
- In order to meet margin calls, the stockbroker or brokerage firm might sell your security positions without consulting you
- You might have to deposit additional securities or money to meet margin calls
- You might not be able to request more time once a margin call is made
- The brokerage firm can charge a particular fee for margin account maintenance, which can be increased with time
- The brokerage firm decides the assets that are paid to them when a margin call is made
If a stockbroker fails to explain these risks, an investor cannot be reasonably expected to meet margin calls. When this happens, the investor might have solid grounds for legal recourse with the help of a professional securities litigation attorney at Weltz Law.
Let Our Securities Litigation Attorneys Fight for You
Margin abuse could cost you hundreds of thousands of dollars in the long run. If you choose to invest in a margin account, then you need to immediately reach out to a skilled securities attorney the moment you suspect wrongdoing. If you have experienced financial losses as a result of a margin loan that your stockbroker or brokerage firm recommended, then our attorneys can help you develop a solid case that will ensure you can pursue the compensation you are entitled to.
If you would like to speak to a knowledgeable lawyer at Weltz Law to get advice and help filing an arbitration with the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), then please give us a call at (877) 905-7671. Request your free case consultation today.
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