NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- No, you weren't imagining that Wall Street and its regulators were messing with your head all year.
There were the Wall Street veterans repackaged as representatives of the public; investor-literacy proponents who lobbied for rules that would hurt investors; and enforcement types who heralded tough settlements with banks only to take back some of the punishments before the ink was dry.
Here's a recap of some of the worst moments for ordinary investors in 2014, with a trophy for each one.
NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Talk about killing the buzz.
Updated at 8:20 a.m. for news on American Realty Capital Properties filing delay.
NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Who knew that a billionaire could have such a bad week? Real-estate big shot Nicholas S.
LA QUINTA, Calif. (TheStreet) -- The bar association for lawyers who represent investors in Finra arbitration met in La Quinta, Calif., last week to discuss regulatory trends, litigation tactics and strategies to better protect investors. TheStreet Foundation's Susan Antilla spoke with Joseph Peiffer, incoming president of the Public Investors Arbitration Bar Association (Piaba).
INDIANAPOLIS (TheStreet) -- It may be time to ditch this writing gig, because an officer at a Nigerian bank sent an email on Monday ("My Dear Beneficiary!") telling me that a bunch of big shots "at the World Bank in Switzerland" have put aside $45.5 million for me. All I need to do is fill out a few forms and send a $300 check for the shipping of my ATM card, which will let me withdraw "a minimum" of $50,000 a day.
NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- It's all about suiting the spin to the audience when you're in the financial industry, and the investment seminar at the Trumbull, Conn. Marriott on a late-spring evening in June had "senior citizen" written all over it.
NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Could it be that women at Goldman Sachs GS just don't have what it takes to be winners at their "extreme jobs?"
NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Despite what you may have read about the Wall Street vampire squid that jams its blood funnel "into anything that smells like money," and with apologies to Matt Taibbi, it turns out the would-be sea monsters at Goldman Sachs Group GS are actually a bunch of sensitive guys.