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Thursday, August 26, 2010

Raymond James Pays $3.5 Million to ARS Purchasers in Arbitrations

Since July 2010, FINRA arbitrators have ordered brokerage units of Raymond James Financial to buy back from customers auction rate securities (ARSs) totalling $3.5 million (3 separate proceedings).  By way of contrast, ARS purchasers have not generally been successful in judicial proceedings.  See, e.g., Defer LP v. Raymond James Financial, Inc.,654 F. Supp.2d 204 (S.D.N.Y. 2009).

Unlike many other firms, thus far securities regulators have not brought enforcement actions against Raymond James.  When the market for ARSs froze in February 2008, Raymond James customers held $1.9 billion in ARSs; today that amount has been reduced to about $600 million, according to a Raymond James spokesperson.  InvNews, Raymond James pays more auction rate claims.

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