What are Unauthorized Transactions?

Unauthorized transactions are made when a broker performs a trade in your portfolio without your consent. When you use a brokerage firm or financial institution to manage your portfolio, securities law requires them to obtain prior authorization either at the outset of your advisory agreement or before making certain trades in your account. Typically these authorizations are required in writing.

If your broker or financial institution made trades on your behalf without your permission or without notice, you may be a victim of unauthorized transactions— which may mean you are entitled to financial compensation.

Are There Exceptions to the Rule?

There are a few exceptions to the rule. For example, when you have a margin account, a certain line is set and if the value of your investment falls below it, the broker may trade without notifying you. However, an agreement is requied beforehand, making you aware that you were granting this decision-making power to your broker. Understanding all the exceptions can be tricky, so if you are concerned, it is best to discuss your individual situation with a securities lawyer.

Did Your Broker Make Unauthorized Transactions?

If you believe your broker traded without your knowledge or made unauthorized transactions without notice, contact us for a free and confidential consultation.

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Scott Silver

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Michael Schrag

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Noteworthy Financial Fraud Cases

American Express Financial Advisors Securities Litigation $100 million cash settlement for clients alleging American Express steered them into under-performing “shelf space funds” to reap kickbacks
Chase Bank “Check Loan” Litigation $100 million settlement for consumers alleging Chase offered long-term fixed-rate loans, only to later more-than-double required payments
Peregrine Financial Group Customer Litigation Settlements worth $75 million for futures and commodities investors who lost millions in the collapse of Peregrine Financial Group, Inc.
NantHealth Court-appointed Co-Lead Counsel in a securities class action alleging the company’s founder violated federal securities law and artificially inflated stock prices