Auction Rate Securities
another thing: when are investors going to start accepting resposibilty for their own actions. it's hard to believe that all of these investors were mislead
If the rep has a complaint against them, and the firm settles and buys back the ARS at par, the complaint will still remain on the reps U-4. The claim will be notated "settled for zero damages"
In regards to your second question , i have no answer, but as long as we have politicians , attorney generals, etc, looking to pander and make points with voters, there will be no need for investors to take responsibility for their mistakes.
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