Investors with losses in a group of ill-fated Morgan Keegan bonds emerged victorious recently in five out of six arbitration claims presented before the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA). The decisions, which cover the months of May and June 2010, are related to a series of proprietary Morgan Keegan bond funds that made investments in speculative mortgage loans and toxic collateralized debt obligations (CDOs).
According to investors, Morgan Keegan marketed and represented the funds in question as safe investments that were suitable for low-risk investors. When the housing market crashed in 2007, however, the funds plummeted in value by as much as 80%. Investors meanwhile experienced enormous financial losses.
A slew of lawsuits and arbitration claims have been filed against Morgan Keegan, as well as against several of the company’s top executives. In the past year, evidence has continued to come forth to back up investors’ claims that the Memphis-based brokerage deliberately misled clients when it marketed and sold the bond funds.
Further affirmation came in April 2010 when the Securities and Exchange Commission, state regulators and FINRA charged Morgan Keegan and two employees - James Kelsoe and Joe Weller - with fraud for inflating the value of the risky securities held by the bond funds.
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