Business / Taxes / Arbitration: Arbitration is a way to resolve conflicts between parties or individuals, and may be considered middle ground between the more cooperative, informal nature of mediation and the more expensive, involved, and lengthy process of litigation. Usually, when you open a brokerage account, you sign an agreement to use arbitration to resolve possible conflicts with the firm and waive the right to sue for damages in court. Arbitration is binding, which means you can’t appeal the decision or try for a different result by going to court. Most investment-related arbitration claims are handled by either NASD, the main self-regulatory body that supervises brokers, or the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE). In arbitration, a trained impartial arbitrator or panel of arbitrators reviews the evidence, decides on the outcome, and sets any award. While arbitration is usually less expensive than litigation, arbitration and attorney fees make it a more expensive option than mediation.

Expedited Arbitration

Business / Human Resources (HR) / Expedited Arbitration: A dispute resolution method used by the American Arbitration Association to resolve cases in accordance with a prescribed set of guidelines. MORE

Securities Industry Committee On Arbitration (SICA)

Business / Finance / Securities Industry Committee On Arbitration (SICA): A private group that provides mediation services in case of customer complaints against securities firms. MORE


Business / Taxes / NASD: NASD is the largest self-regulatory organization (SRO) in the United States. Formerly known as the National Association of Securities Dealers, NASD regulates broker-dealer firms and licenses registere MORE