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SECURITIES-BACKED LINES OF CREDIT: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
1/15/2016

According to a recent SEC Investor Education Advocacy alert, an increasing number of securities firms are marketing and offering securities-backed lines of credit, or SBLOCs, to investors. SBLOCs can be a key revenue source for securities firms, especially in times of solid market returns and growing investment portfolios, when investors may feel more comfortable leveraging their assets. Firms market SBLOCs as a type of financing and liquidity strategy that can unlock the value of your investment portfolio. Between 2012 and 2014, one large brokerage firm that offers these programs reported a 70 percent increase in its securities-based lending business, while another firm reported an over 50 percent increase. The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) and the SEC’s Office of Investor Education and Advocacy (OIEA) are issuing this investor alert to provide information about the basics of SBLOCs, how they may be marketed to you, and what risks you should consider before posting your investment portfolio as collateral. HIGHLIGHTED EVENT: Are you a new investor with limited knowledge about options? Attend an Options Industry Council (OIC) Investor Education Seminar near you ...

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