Category Archives : Calculations


The Potential for Bias against Women in FINRA’s High Risk Rep Algorithm

The move toward data analytics applied to broker supervision might seem on face value to result in objective identification of “high risk” financial advisers. However, once the technical jargon is stripped away, algorithms are just opinions embedded in mathematics. Algorithms are created by humans and can reinforce human prejudices.  Researchers have noted that big data used in algorithms more »


16% of 314(a) Info Requests Involve Terrorism

FinCEN recently released stats on the 314(a) information request program. FinCEN stated that over 16,000 financial institutions are contacted every two weeks with new subject names provided by federal, state, local and foreign law enforcement of persons who may be involved in money laundering or terrorism.   The requests contain subject and business names, addresses, more »


The Mathematics Behind an Alleged Ponzi Scheme: Woodbridge Group

The SEC filed a complaint on 12/20/2017 against Robert Shapiro the former CEO of the Woodbridge Group, alleging he operated a $1.2 billion dollar Ponzi scheme. Per the complaint: Beginning in July 2012 through December 4, 2017, Defendant Robert H. Shapiro (“Shapiro”) used his web of more than 275 Limited Liability Companies to conduct a more »


DSA Partners with PonziTracker for 2015 Ponzi Scheme Analytics

Once again, Dynamic Securities Analytics, Inc. partnered with PonziTracker to create interactive analytics of Ponzi schemes uncovered or sentenced in 2015. There were 61 alleged Ponzi Schemes uncovered in 2015 while sentences were handed down for 69 schemes. The total value of the uncovered schemes was over $800 million. Read the full analysis at www.ponzitracker.com. more »


How were 2014 FINRA Disputes Resolved? Analysis of Dispute Resolution Statistics

  Dynamic Securities Analytics, Inc. analyzed the numbers provided by FINRA Dispute Resolution covering all 2014 closed cases and found: 2,447 closed Customer cases, representing 64% of all closed cases 7% of Customer cases were closed via arbitration with damages awarded to the Customer   Non-Customer Cases 1,391 Non-Customer cases (ex. Employee vs. Firm, Firm more »


Ponzi Schemes Continue to Proliferate in 2014

Jordan Maglich of Ponzitracker.com wrote an in depth article that analyzed Ponzi schemes revealed and sentenced in 2014. See the excerpt below or read the full article here. Despite a burgeoning economy, increased regulation, and heightening scrutiny on financial crime, data compiled by Ponzitracker shows that Ponzi schemes continued to be uncovered at a steady pace more »


45% Spike in SAR- Securities & Futures in 2014

Dynamic Securities Analytics analyzed the latest FinCEN In Focus: SAR Stat report and found that SAR-Securities & Futures filings increased by 45% in 2014 over 2013 filings. 22,448 SAR-SFs were filed in 2014 versus 15,457 in 2013. Try out DSA’s interactive analytics below. SAR-SFs can be filtered by activity type, percentage and count change from more »


How to Run a Successful Ponzi Scheme

Like any small business, Ponzi schemes can  be a flash in the pan or a long term endeavor, all depending on management. It is suspected that Madoff’s scheme went on for decades before it crumbled. The math behind running a long-term Ponzi scheme is fairly straightforward. If inflows and outflows are managed properly, the scheme more »


Customers are the Minority of SAR Subjects

Customers Represent the Minority of SAR Subjects for Most Institutions   DSA analyzed FinCEN’s SAR Stats report to assess the nature of the filer’s relationship with the SAR subject. Securities/Futures,Money Services Businesses (MSB), Insurance or Other Firms^ characterize the filer/subject relationship as “customer” in less than 1/3 of Suspicious Activity Reports (SARs).  The filer/subject relationship was more »


DSA to Present Ponzi Scheme / AML Webinar

DSA President, Alison Jimenez, will be among the presenters for an Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists (ACAMS) webinar on Ponzi Schemes. The webinar will be held on November 25th, 2014. Jordan Maglich of Wiand Guerra King and the creator of PonziTracker.com will also be speaking.   Case Study: Dissecting the Inner Workings of Recent Ponzi more »


Ponzi Scheme Calculator: When will it Collapse?

[CP_CALCULATED_FIELDS id=”6″]   A ponzi schemer would follow these rules in order to keep the scheme going for as long as possible: Encourage “reinvestment” of income. The less income the schemer pays out, the longer the scheme will last. Moderate the amount stolen each year. If he steals a smaller amount each year, the scheme more »


Potential Impact of Florida Supreme Court Ruling

DSA analyzed the potential impact of the recent Florida Supreme Court ruling that Florida’s statute of limitations can apply to securities arbitration cases between investors and their brokers. Key Findings: 1 in 5 Customer v. Member Firm arbitrations occur in Florida Time limits may preclude ’08 – ’09 market losses from damage calculations The opinion more »