Don Bauder 2:30 p.m., Aug. 1
Massachusetts nails LPL Financial
SD firm will pay $2 million to investors plus $500,000 fine
San Diego's LPL Financial has been hit with an order by the Massachusetts Security Division to pay more than $2 million to investors who had bought shares of non-traded real estate investment trusts (REITs). LPL will also pay a $500,000 administrative fine. Non-traded REITs are illiquid and many turn out to be bad investments, regulatory bodies throughout the U.S. have warned. The Massachusetts matter has been hanging fire since December.