Investors in the United States have clear legal rights. State and federal securities laws heavily regulate companies’ and brokerage firms’ conduct, and these laws give investors the right to take legal action when they fall victim to fraud. As an investor, it is important to know your legal rights—and when to take legal action—so that you can maximize your chances of recovering your fraudulent investment losses when necessary.
What You Need to Know About Your Legal Rights as a U.S. Investor
So, as an investor, what specifically do you need to know? Here are five key facts about your legal rights as an investor in the United States:
1. Companies and Firms Are Subject to Numerous Statutory Rules and Requirements
From registration and disclosure to the obligation to act in investors’ best interests, companies and brokerage firms are subject to numerous statutory rules and requirements. These rules and requirements exist to protect investors, and many of them have been in place for decades. As an investor, you are entitled to make informed investment decisions, and you are entitled to rely on the advice of your investment professional.
2. Companies and Firms Don’t Always Follow These Rules and Requirements
However, just because companies and firms are supposed to act in a certain way, this doesn’t mean they will. Violations of securities laws and other investor protections are commonplace. If you suspect that you may be a victim of investment fraud, you should not ignore your concerns—and you most likely are not alone. If you have concerns about investment fraud, it is important that you speak with a lawyer as soon as possible.
3. The SEC Doesn’t Investigate Most Cases of Investment Fraud
While the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is tasked with regulating the securities market in the United States, it doesn’t investigate most cases of investment fraud. There are simply too many. The SEC investigates large-scale and high-profile investment fraud cases, but most investors are left to take legal action on their own.
4. Even if the SEC Investigates, You Still Need to Take Legal Action
Crucially, even if the SEC is investigating your brokerage firm or a company in which you have invested, you still need to take legal action. There is no guarantee that the SEC’s investigation will result in a recovery, and even if it does, this recovery is not likely to provide full compensation for your investment losses.
5. Defrauded Investors Can Recover Their Lost Principle and Returns
As a defrauded investor, you have the legal right to fully recover your losses resulting from the fraud. This includes your lost principle and your opportunity costs (i.e., your lost returns). You can (and should) hire a lawyer to take legal action on your behalf—whether this means pursuing FINRA arbitration or filing a lawsuit in court.
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