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eTrade / Bad experience

1 United States
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I had options in altria 2 months before the spin-off of Philip Morris intl. I talked to one of their reps 2 weeks before the spin-off and he reassured me that I would have adjusted options to reflect the spin-off. The spin-off happened on a Friday night and opened Monday morning. When it opened Monday my options were up a good amount. I tried to sell them but etrade wouldn't let me. I finally got through to the options desk and got a trade through. I tried to make another options purchase later that day and couldn't. I had a cash position of 6, 000 before this day even happened I wasn’t trying to use the proceeds from the sale. They had put a 13, 000 margin call on my account. This was supposed to be fixed when I looked at my account the margin call was gone. But I still could not buy anything, a closer look at the bottom of my info page revealed a cash call against my account for 12, 000. I missed several trades and a lot of money, the last rep I spoke with told me to write a letter to compliance and complaints. All they said was sorry about your inconvenience. If anyone else has had problems like this please contact me. I am going to send copies of my letter and there response to the NASD and the SEC.


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