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A stock market recovery firm in NY, wants to arbitrate a claim

A stock market recovery firm in NY, wants to arbitrate a claim (IN Florida) against my former national broker for breach of fiduciary duties which resulted in stock losses. In your candid independent opinion, are there any red flags that I should consider before signing the following Retainer Agreement? to arbitrate a claim against my former broker in 2008 for breach of fiduciary duties, which resulted in stock losses (over $200K).In consideration for services rendered and to be rendered by XYZ Inc., the undersigned hereby assigns, and agrees to pay out of any monies recovered herein or otherwise credited to the undersigned's a fee of 50%.All fees will be deducted from any recovery. If XYZ Inc. is unsuccessful, the risk is entirely XYZ's. The undersigned further understands and agrees that this retainer agreement is entered into upon full reliance of the accuracy and truthfulness of the information and documentation provided by the undersigned to this firm.I further agree that XYZ Inc. will be designated to conduct all communications with the FINRA and Respondent's Counsel.XYZ's Inc. representation is subject to investigation. XYZ Inc. has made no representations or guarantees to me that any result can, or will be obtained, or is likely to be obtained in this matter. I have been informed of, and fully understand all of the terms of this retainer.

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I am not a licensed stock broker. If I want to open a business

I am not a licensed stock broker.If I want to open a business educating people on trading the stock market, do I have to hold any specific "license"? My understanding is that I do not. However, I do have to disclose this. Also that the advice I give is NOT a recommendation to buy or sell anything. I have tried to find this information online, but have had no success. To obtain a stock broker's license, I would then have to be sponsored and then work for that company, which "holds" the license, so that doesn't work.Thanks

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TexLaw

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I am looking to buy a business and use a big chunk of my retirement

I am looking to buy a business and use a big chunk of my retirement savings. There is a company called Benetrends that essentially allows you to transfer your money into a retirement plan to a C corporation, and that take those funds and purchase a business and issue shares of stock back to the C corp. So essentially you are using funds from your IRA to fund the new business start up. It all seems very complicated to me. I called my attorney and he did not seem familiar with it, but said it sounds plausible. Also, called a CPA and got the same answer. He does not deal with tax matters like that. Do you have any familiarity with this process, and more the company Benetrends. Seems like if it is done incorrectly there are big tax implications. I think the whole process is called a ROBS. It comes under ERISA law.

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I am thinking of investing money, but the problem is I am clueless

I am thinking of investing money, but the problem is I am clueless as to how to do it. Would the best method be to get a broker... what does a broker do?

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MShore Law

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I joined a startup one year after it had been founded. One

I joined a startup one year after it had been founded. One of the two co-founders decided that he wanted to give me extra stock because I was valuable to the company. He didn't want to issue new options or take from the employee option pool. So he decided he would give me some of his own shares.His shares are "founder's shares" that they issued the day they were founded. He paid something like $300 for them (and owned 50-50 with his partner). So the purchase price was something like $.0001 (typical for founders' shares). The company now has 12MM shares, and he would be giving/selling me approximately 300K shares.The company raised $1MM in January 2010, for a post-money valuation of approximately $2.5MM. Things didn't go well thereafter and in September, 2011, a third-party firm evaluated us and established a share price of $.04 (which means the company was valued at about $500K apparently), with 12MM outstanding shares (full-diluted). It was at that time that the co-founder agreed to give/sell me his shares. We have not executed the agreement since that time. Since then, the company has established a significant partnership with a major corporation. We haven't valued the company recently, but I would guess if we went out to investors, we'd try to say it's a $4MM pre-money valuation. They might value it at $2-3MM pre-money. Just guessing. So now, the co-founder and I have finally organized ourselves to do this transaction. Again, he has 300K shares, fully vested, that he has purchased from the company and now owns.My question is how this transaction works. I assume that he either gives them to me at no cost, I buy them at the share price he paid for them (again, something like $.0001 per share), I buy them at $.04 per share (the most recent, formal valuation and the valuation at the time we agreed to do this), I buy them at whatever we informally guess the current share price to be. Also, what are the tax ramifications for both parties? I assume that if I buy them for anything more than he paid for them, he has a tax obligation for the gain. But, of course, I'm more concerned about my situation. If I get 300K shares, is my tax obligation based on the value as determined by the purchase price I pay to him, or by the current fair market value? Or are those the same number? My guess through all this is that I buy the shares from him at $.04 per share because that was the price when we made the agreement. And then I would need to pay taxes based on the new ownership of 300K shares at $.04, that is $12,000 that I'd need to pay taxes for. Also, is there a way that we can avoid all this and sign an agreement that he will transfer/sell these shares to me upon a liquidity event? I realize that sounds messy, and I don't know how it would work. I also don't know if that we create a tax burden for me now. And, worse, I worry that the contract might not be binding and faced with the ability for him to cash in on his shares through an acquisition (the company won't ever IPO), he might look for ways to negate or dismiss the agreement and then it would be a mess.And are we correct to think that he can make a private sale of these shares to me? There is no obligation for him to return them to the general pool of company shares since they are vested, purchased, and owned by him, correct?Joseph

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Dimitry K., Esq.

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Subcategory: Gaming Law Hi, I have a unique idea for an online

Subcategory: Gaming LawHi, I have a unique idea for an online "gaming" site that functions similarly to the stock market. 100% of deposits are distributed among the players through buying and selling of shares and dividends. No fees or commissions are taken. I plan to profit primarily through interest accrued by the collective pot of deposits by the players. It would be running continuously( ie longer than 30 days.) I also believe I can make an argument that, while chance is a factor, skill is the major contributor to player success. I realize every state is different(i'm in minnesota), but is it possible for me to avoid being classified as gambling and stay legal? I'm certainly open to operating from a different state or offshore if i can stay legal. also, is it legal for me to take the interest from the money being held?

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IF WE HAVE A IRA ANNUTY AND THE STOCK MARKET CRASHES, WILL

IF WE HAVE A IRA ANNUTY AND THE STOCK MARKET CRASHES, WILL WE BE BROKE ? WILL WE LOSE IT ALL.

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Dwayne B.

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how can I open an account?

how can I open an account?

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JerrySJD

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The Consumer Price Index is _____ (Points : 5) a measure

The Consumer Price Index is _____ (Points : 5) a measure of stock market activity that investors use to help make investment decisions. a measure of the aggregate price level that is used to estimate the rate of inflation. set by the Bureau of Labor Statistics as a signal to producers, telling them how much to supply. none of the above

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