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U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission resolves its first whistleblower case

A whistleblower who provided tips that led to the first-ever recovery by the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) since its two-year-old whistleblower program was created will receive $240,000. On Tuesday CFTC Chairman Mark Wetjen said that the whistleblower provided valuable information about violations of the Commodity Exchange Act. The whistleblower’s identity has not been disclosed in compliance with regulations that require confidentiality to protect the whistleblower from retaliation. “I am pleased to announce this first award, which illustrates that the CFTC’s Whistleblower Program is a valuable resource for the American public. Information received under the Whistleblower Program helps the agency ... Read More

Regions eyes Morgan Keegan sale as investment arm settles Fraud claims

Morgan Keegan & Co. Inc., an investment brokerage owned by Regions Financial Corp., has announced a $200 million settlement in relation to charges of consumer fraud stemming from investments tied to the mortgage bond market. The company has been battling numerous lawsuits brought on behalf of clients that allege Morgan Keegan falsely represented proprietary mutual funds as “low risk” investments when they were actually tied to the volatile mortgage market. According to a report in the Memphis Daily News, more than 300,000 investors lost over a billion dollars when the subprime mortgage meltdown drained the funds seemingly overnight. Morgan Keegan ... Read More

FINRA awards $1.4 million to NBA star for Regions Morgan Keegan losses

On Friday, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) awarded $1.4 milion to ex-Chicago Bulls star Horace Grant as compensation for losses the NBA star suffered as a result of investments in Regions Morgan Keegan bond funds. There are numerous lawsuits pending against the financial management company as a result of the funds, which investors allege were represented as low-risk, but which were actually tied to the volatile subprime mortgage market. When the market crashed, investors lost up to 80 percent of their investment, almost overnight. FINRA is the money management industry’s regulatory organization, and is overseeing hundreds of arbitration complaints ... Read More

RMK losses still piling up in arbitration rulings

A recent news release published on the Class Action Newsline reports Regions Morgan Keegan has suffered another defeat at the hands of a FINRA arbitration panel in Boca Raton, Fla., which awarded $431,000 to plaintiff Philip Richardson for his losses in RMK investment funds. This is the latest in a string of judgments against Regions Financial Corp.’s Memphis-based Morgan Keegan unit. Lawsuits filed on behalf of investors allege the RMK investment funds were misrepresented as low-risk high-yield funds, when in fact they were tied to the volatile mortgage lending industry. When the industry went bust, investors lost up to 80 ... Read More

Regions stock drops in light of arbitration losses

Regions Financial Corp., based in Birmingham, Ala., was on the recent Market Watch list of “notable moves” in the stock market. Unfortunately for the company, it was listed alongside General Motors (GM) on the list of “decliners” after experiencing a 5.9 percent drop in stock value. According to the report, the drop is tied to more losses in arbitration cases related to its Morgan Keegan bond fund unit, which lost $2 billion in risky asset-backed securities. Investors are suing Regions Morgan Keegan, alleging the investments were misrepresented as “safe” funds, when they were in fact tied to the volatile mortgage ... Read More

Investors, 6 Morgan Keegan, 0

Regions Morgan Keegan has suffered it sixth straight loss in arbitration negotiations with investors who claim they lost substantial amounts of money when RMK misrepresented its bond funds. The suits claim RMK presented the bond funds as low-risk investments, when they actually were tied to the volatile mortgage bond market. When the subprime mortgage lending crisis reached a peak, many investors lost up to 80 percent of their money almost overnight. This week, Morgan Keegan & Co., a subsidiary of Regions Financial Corp., was ordered to pay $950,000 to investor Jerome Woods, whose claim included allegations of fraud, negligence and ... Read More

RMK investor awarded more than $250,000 to cover bad fund losses

Earlier this month, it was announced that Morgan Keegan & Co., the brokerage firm owned by Regions Financial Corp., would be required to repay an investor $267,711 for losses suffered by the collapse of Regions Morgan Keegan investment funds. According to CCNMoney, this is the largest bond fund arbitration award to date. Hundreds of investors lost significant amounts of money nearly overnight as a result of monies invested in mortgage-backed funds that collapsed in the subprime lending crisis. Lawsuits against Regions Morgan Keegan allege the funds were represented to investors as low-risk preferred stocks and corporate bonds, when in fact ... Read More

McCarver gets $100,000 in RMK claim

Noted baseball announcer Tim McCarver, who entered an arbitration case against Morgan Keegan & Co. in November 2008 claiming $1.6 million in losses has received $100,000 in compensatory damages, The Memphis Daily News reports. The Memphis native best known for his Major League career with the St. Louis Cardinals wanted to work with his hometown brokerage firm when he selected Morgan Keegan – based in Memphis and owned as a subsidiary of Birmingham, Ala. based Regions Financial Corp. – for his investments, the News says. However, his funds were placed in high-risk funds, resulting in unusually fast and severe losses. ... Read More

RMK funds change names to reflect new Helios brand

According to a report in the Memphis Commercial Appeal today, seven former Regions Morgan Keegan investment funds have changed their names, and six have new trading symbols. The changes reflect the change in management from Regions Financial to Hyperion Brookfield Asset Management, which took over the troubled investment arm in July. Each fund name now starts with Helio, which is Hyperion’s brand name. The Commercial Appeal quotes Marion Hayes, a spokesperson for Hyperion, as saying, “It’s not right for these funds to be named Regions Morgan Keegan funds when they’re managed by us.” The change affects four closed-end funds and ... Read More

Baseball hero, sportscaster McCarver lost funds to RMK investments

The New York Post reported an exclusive item on Sunday, saying former Major League Baseball catcher and current sports broadcaster Tim McCarver has entered an arbitration case against Morgan Keegan & Co. for losses totaling about $1 million. The Post says McCarver’s broker represented the investment funds as conservative, similar to CDs and bonds, but instead put his money in high-risk funds tied to the mortgage market. When other funds suffered losses topping out around 6 percent, McCarver’s fund dropped between 70 and 90 percent, the paper reports. It is estimated that industry investor losses in the Regions Morgan Keegan ... Read More