NFA shuts PFG down, puts it in liquidation only status, founder attempted a suicide


Another MF Global incident may be looming in the horizon. PFG Best just released this dramatic statement to its clients:

“Due to a recent emergency involving Russell R. Wasendorf, Sr., a suicide attempt, some accounting irregularities are being investigated regarding company accounts. PFGBEST is wholly owned by Mr. Wasendorf. Therefore, the NFA and other officials have put all funds on hold, and PFGBEST is in liquidation-only status with our clearing FCM. What this means is no customers are able to trade except to liquidate positions. Until further notice, PFGBEST is not authorized to release any funds. We will update you as any new procedures are stipulated and with any further information as it becomes available.”

Apparently NFA and CFTC just walked into PFG’s offices and shut the broker down. According to our sources its Founder Russell Wasendorf attempted a suicide last night and some money may be missing from PFG’s accounts.

We’ll continue updating once new information flows in.

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18 Comments on this post


  1. BigPiping said:

    Holy Shit.

    July 9th, 2012 at 9:24 pm
  2. Michael Greenberg said:

    i second that

    July 9th, 2012 at 9:41 pm
  3. Kyle Waitkunas said:

    WOW. I was researching them mere weeks ago to deposit $35,000…..

    July 9th, 2012 at 9:50 pm
  4. Michael Greenberg said:

    why didn’t you deposit eventually?

    July 9th, 2012 at 9:55 pm
  5. jean pierre sejean said:

    are the deposits guaranteed by some government body ?

    thank you …

    July 9th, 2012 at 10:02 pm
  6. Kyle Waitkunas said:

    My IB, BackBayFX, actually talked me out of it and directed me elsewhere. They must have caught wind of what was going on there. Close call, wow….. Still in shock.

    July 9th, 2012 at 10:08 pm
  7. Michael Greenberg said:


    July 9th, 2012 at 10:31 pm
  8. Luger said:

    They have an aggressive sales who will hound you 24/7 to get your business by offering the latest technological gimmicks. No substance whatsoever.

    July 9th, 2012 at 10:34 pm
  9. Michael Greenberg said:

    that’s most of the brokers

    July 9th, 2012 at 10:37 pm
  10. Luger said:

    There are no shortages of future episodes of “American Greed” coming near you.

    July 9th, 2012 at 11:19 pm
  11. shopster said:

    are the deposits guaranteed by some government body…… ?


    July 10th, 2012 at 12:43 am
  12. Kyle Waitkunas said:

    PFG was the worst though. They called me a lot these last few months.

    July 10th, 2012 at 2:12 am
  13. capt tom said:

    I hope the sob Wasendorf is dead and burns in Hell…I was a MF Global customer…now this…

    July 10th, 2012 at 3:10 am
  14. Michael Greenberg said:

    let’s wait to see what exactly happened before judging

    July 10th, 2012 at 5:15 am
  15. rajiv said:

    We always said NFA broker is best in for trading
    i think their is not NFA broker left from hitting


    Fxcm _______2M-Fine




    and list is so one ,huh!

    No idea why our mind is set and always thought that NFA regulated broker is best for fx trading.

    July 10th, 2012 at 2:45 pm
  16. Thomas Straton said:

    michael you sound like an employee or family member. what about the 176 employees & their families that work at beaver creek. who in fact were begged to move to hooterville from chicago. the employees of my veronas turned away from work today & the resturant stripped. was russ thinking about them when he played fast & loose with investors money? no, he was just greedy. last thought if your going to commit sucide you do it. not where you can be saved. not at 8:00 am in the parking lot on a business day. he was to weak to turn himself in & face his employees, friends & family. suicde is the most selfless act you can take. guess greed is a comfortable blanket to keep you warm.

    July 10th, 2012 at 5:32 pm
  17. Michael Greenberg said:

    i’m very upset nfa/cftc didn’t learn anything from MF’s incident

    July 10th, 2012 at 7:10 pm
  18. lup said:

    Hi Michael,

    I want to congratulate you – you were the first one to release the news even before the NFA posted the MRA on their website – kudos!

    I think this is a facinating story. This election year, both Obama and Romney are battling Dodd Frank, and regulation, overall in Wall St. Already the U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee wants to review the PFG case. Also, there is a big debate in the US Sentete Democrats accusing the Republican Congress members of withholding funding to both the CFTC and the SEC. You add to that Barclay’s Dimond case with the Libor in Parlament in the UK, and MF Global Corzine bet, this story may rock the finacial news for some time.

    In my opinion, the regulators are doing their best, and they are unconvering a lot of fraud and loopholes everywhere in the financial industry. It is sad news to hear that someone stole clients’ money to the sum of $200 million, when the business was so successful. When a firm holds almost 1/2 a billioin dollars in customer funds, that firm has plenty of good business. There is also an NFA auditor involved, as a Chief Compliance Officer of PFG. It doesn’t even make any sense to me.

    July 12th, 2012 at 11:00 pm

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