FINRA Fines VALIC Financial Advisors $350,000 for Failure to Supervise Variable Annuity Sales Practices

FINRA Fines VALIC Financial Advisors $350,000 for Failure to Supervise Variable Annuity Sales Practices

On January 8, 2021, VALIC Financial Advisors agreed to a Letter of Acceptance, Waiver and Consent (AWC) (Case No. 2018060548501)  which included a Fine of $350,000 by the Financial Industry Financial Authority (FINRA), the securities industry regulator established to protect investors.  According to the agreement with FINRA, VALIC Financial Advisors “consented to the sanctions and to findings that it failed to establish a reasonably designed system and written procedures for the surveillance of rates of variable annuity replacements and for corrective action in the case of inappropriate replacements”.  FINRA also determined. “The procedures also failed to provide guidance as to…

FINRA Fines Cetera $1 Million for Failure to Supervise Private Securities Transactions in Client Accounts

FINRA Fines Cetera $1 Million for Failure to Supervise Private Securities Transactions in Client Accounts

FINRA recently disclosed that Cetera Advisor Networks LLC, Cetera Advisors, LLC and Cetera Financial Specialists, LLC, (Cetera Firms) agreed to an Acceptance, Waiver and Consent (AWC) Case #2015046716901.  The Cetera Firms were fined $1 million and were ordered to review and revise, their systems, policies and procedures with respect to the supervision of “private securities” transactions in client accounts, for brokers who were dually-registered. According to FINRA, “From January 2011 through December 2018, Networks and Advisors, and from November 2012 through January 2018, Specialists (the relevant time periods) each failed to establish, maintain and enforce a supervisory system and written…

FINRA Orders Worden Capital Management LLC to Pay More than $1.2 Million in Restitution to Customers Whose Accounts Were Excessively Traded and Fined $350,000 for Failing to Reasonably Supervise Recommended Securities Transactions and Other Violations

FINRA Orders Worden Capital Management LLC to Pay More than $1.2 Million in Restitution to Customers Whose Accounts Were Excessively Traded and Fined $350,000 for Failing to Reasonably Supervise Recommended Securities Transactions and Other Violations

On December 31, 2020, FINRA announced today that it sanctioned Worden Capital Management LLC (WCM) more than $1.5 million, including approximately $1.2 million in restitution to customers whose accounts were excessively traded by the firm’s representatives, and a $350,000 fine for supervisory and other violations. As part of the settlement, WCM must also retain an independent consultant to conduct a comprehensive review of the relevant portions of the firm’s supervisory systems and procedures. According to the Acceptance, Waiver and Consent accepted and signed by Worden Capital Management, “FINRA found that from January 2015 to October 2019, WCM and the firm’s…

FINRA Barred, NPB Financial Group Ex-Broker, Cynthia Diane Cowden for Unsuitable Investment Recommendations in Illiquid Non-Traded Securities

FINRA Barred, NPB Financial Group Ex-Broker, Cynthia Diane Cowden for Unsuitable Investment Recommendations in Illiquid Non-Traded Securities

The securities industry watchdog, the Financial Regulatory Industry Authority (“FINRA”) barred, NPB Financial Group’s, Ex-Broker Cynthia Diane Cowden, for Unsuitable Investment Recommendations to a retired couple and an individual senior investor.  The recommended investments at issue were illiquid non-traded REITs and non-traded closed end funds.  According to FINRA, the barred broker’s recommendations resulted in unsuitable, securities concentration in illiquid securities that exceeded concentration limits established by the California State Regulations designed to protect investors. FINRA required that Cynthia Diane Cowden’s investment advice should have had reasonable basis for her recommendations, based on the investor’s “age, other investments, financial situation and…

NOTICE TO MERRILL LYNCH CUSTOMERS – Klayman & Tokses, P.A. Announces Investigation into Merrill Lynch Loan Management Accounts in Light of FINRA Sanctions for $7 Million in Fines and Restitution Regarding US and Puerto Rico Clients

New York, NY – December 1, 2016 — The Securities Arbitration Law Firm of Klayman & Toskes, P.A. (“K&T”), www.klaymantoskes.com, announces an investigation into Merrill Lynch, a wholly owned brokerage firm of Bank of America (NYSE:BAC), for Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) sales practice violations from its Loan Management Accounts (LMAs) following FINRA regulatory fines.  Yesterday, FINRA accepted from Merrill Lynch an Acceptance Waiver and Consent for $6.25 million in fines and approximately $780,000 in restitution to Puerto Rico customers, for inadequately supervising the use of Merrill Lynch loans for customer accounts.  According to FINRA, Merrill Lynch brokerage accounts received proceeds transferred from LMAs and purchased millions of dollars…

FINRA Fines Broker $219,000 for Private Placement Violations

FINRA Fines Broker $219,000 for Private Placement Violations

Thomas Edward Brenner Jr. (CRD #1489233, Orrville, Ohio) submitted an AWC in which he was assessed a deferred fine of $30,000, suspended from association with any FINRA member in any capacity for 16 months, and ordered to pay deferred disgorgement of commissions of $189,000, plus interest. Without admitting or denying the findings, Brenner consented to the sanctions and to the entry of findings that he engaged in two separate private placements which were rife with supervisory and substantive violations.  The findings stated that in soliciting customers to purchase a private placement offering, Brenner provided customers with a private placement memorandum…

Notice to Clients of Andrew Yocum and Morgan Stanley: The Securities Arbitration Law Firm of Klayman & Toskes, P.A. has Commenced an Investigation in Light of Recent Regulatory Action Barring Andrew Yocum from Acting as a Broker

Notice to Clients of Andrew Yocum and Morgan Stanley: The Securities Arbitration Law Firm of Klayman & Toskes, P.A. has Commenced an Investigation in Light of Recent Regulatory Action Barring Andrew Yocum from Acting as a Broker

New York (Globe Newswire) – August 2, 2016 – The Securities Arbitration Law Firm of Klayman & Toskes¸ P.A. (“K&T”), www.klaymantoskes.com, has commenced an investigation in light of recent regulatory action barring Andrew Yocum (“Yocum”) from acting as a broker or otherwise associating with firms that sell securities to the public. The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”) recently barred Yocum from the securities industry after he failed to respond to a FINRA investigation.  (FINRA No.  2015048065701).  FINRA sanctioned Yocum after he refused to appear for on-the-record testimony in connection with an investigation into whether he effected unauthorized transactions, exercised discretion…

The Securities Arbitration Law Firms of Klayman & Toskes, P.A. and Carlo Law Offices Announce Investigation of Santander Securities, LLC on Behalf of Puerto Rico Investors for FINRA Sales Practice Violations

The Securities Arbitration Law Firms of Klayman & Toskes, P.A. and Carlo Law Offices Continue to  Investigate Santander Securities, LLC on Behalf of Puerto Rico Investors for FINRA Sales Practice Violations San Juan, Puerto Rico (BUSINESSWIRE) – October 13, 2015 – The Securities Arbitration Law Firms of Klayman & Toskes, P.A., www.perdidasenbonospr/.com/en/, and Carlo Law Offices continue to investigate Santander Securities, LLC, a subsidiary of Santander BanCorp, both wholly owned by Banco Santander, S.A. (NYSE:SAN) for securities sales practice violations. Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), announced a $6.4 million settlement with Santander Securities, LLC for sales practice violations related to UBS…