In September 2018, a former client of Newport Coast Securities, Inc. won an award in a FINRA arbitration for compensatory damages for $272,000 and $544,000 in punitive damages for losses sustained from investments in Puerto Rico bonds.
The causes of action included unsuitable investments and strategy, breach of regulatory requirements, breach of fiduciary duty, negligence and gross negligence, unauthorized trading, and churning. The causes of action relate to Puerto Rico Municipal Bonds and other investments. The FINRA arbitration hearing was conducted in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Puerto Rico suffers from long-term financial and economic deficiencies that rendered its credit increasingly more speculative. The deterioration of Puerto Rico’s financial condition culminated in its debt being downgraded to junk status or speculative (below investment grade). For the past several years, Puerto Rico has been struggling with compounding debt and economic decline. As a result, the value of Puerto Rico’s municipal tax-free bonds has considerably fallen. Since September 2013, when the steep decline in Puerto Rico bond values began, investors holding these bonds have suffered massive losses. In May 2017, Puerto Rico filed for bankruptcy protection from creditors in what is being described as the largest municipal bankruptcy filing in history.
Pursuant to FINRA Rules, member firms are responsible for supervising a broker’s activities during the time the broker is registered with the firm. Therefore, Newport Coast Securities, Inc. may be liable for investment or other losses suffered by its customers.
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