BLOCK FINANCIAL ADVISORS SETTLES WITH NASD: H&R Block Financial Advisors, the investment arm of the tax prep giant, agreed to pay a $500,000 fine and to return $325,000 in clients' mutual fund trading profits to settle charges brought against it by the National Association of Securities Dealers related to the market-timing of mutual fund shares by two of its former financial advisors. The company, which did not admit or deny the NASD's allegations, said that the settlement won't have a material effect on its operations.
The NASD said that between October 2002 and July 2003, two brokers in the company's Orlando office allowed a client, a New York-based hedge fund, "to engage in deceptive practices to market-time mutual funds."
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