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Unauthorized Trading, Suitability, and Customer Abuse Complaints Catch Up to Wedbush's William Mark Heiden of Southern California

With 14 customer disputes and millions paid in settlements since 2015 surrounding allegations of unsuitable recommendations, unauthorized trading, overconcentration, abuse of margin, fraud, elder ...
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FINRA's 2019 Exam Priorities Feature Senior Protections, Suitability, Outside Business Activities

FINRA identified several sales practice risks and investor protection points of emphasis in its 2019 risk monitoring and examination priorities letter, building upon a 2018 decision to concentrate on ...
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2019 SEC Exam Priorities Zero In on High Fees, Conflicts of Interest, and Mutual Fund & ETF Risks

The Securities and Exchange Commission announced its 2019 examination priorities, with an emphasis on protecting investors—especially senior clients and retirement accounts—from excessive ...
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Cetera Advisor Networks Fined $1.4 Million for Broker Koehler's Unsuitable Churning and Excessive Mutual Fund Trading

FINRA fined El Segundo, CA-headquartered Cetera Advisor Networks $1.4 million for a handful of violations and failures regarding broker Mark Charles Koehler's unsuitable and excessive trading of ...
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SEC's Latest Los Angeles Complaint Charges 11 More in Woodbridge Ponzi Scheme

FINRA-registered brokers Alan Harold New co-owner of Synergy Investment Services and Jeffrey L Wendel, formerly of Center Street Securities and Wendel Investment Network headline a list of 11 ...
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FINRA Reports Problems with Overconcentration in REITs, Unsuitable Variable Annuity Recommendations

FINRA's 2018 year-end Examination Findings Report identified several problem areas in the securities industry relative to broker and firm interactions with retail investors, including ...
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San Diego "Financial Whiz of Local Airwaves" Kyle Harrington Barred After Conversion, Undisclosed Private Securities Transaction Investigations

FINRA barred former National Securities Corporation (San Diego) broker Kyle Patrick Harrington for allegedly trying to obstruct FINRA and firm investigations into allegations that he converted ...
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Luke Powell Sanctioned for Unauthorized Participation in $350,000 Private Securities Transactions

FINRA fined Luke Andrew Powell for participating in private securities transactions totaling $350,000 without providing proper written notice to his firm, Flying Cloud Securities of San Francisco, ...
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Michael Heath Sanctioned for Personal E-mails, Communications in Violation of First Allied Securities Policies

FINRA fined and suspended Michael Eugene Heath, formerly of First Allied Securities of Ladera Ranch, California, for using an unapproved, personal e-mail account to communicate with customers about ...
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John Simoncic Barred for Churning Retirement Accounts with VIX ETF

FINRA barred John Scott Simoncic, formerly of Financial West Group (Reno, Nevada and San Diego, California) and Securities America (Solana Beach, CA), for churning customer accounts, engaging in ...
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IFG's Jon Pariser Barred During Investigation into Unsuitable Investments, Referral to Unlicensed Agent

FINRA barred former Independent Financial Group (Pacific Grove, CA) broker Jon Richard Pariser after he failed to cooperate with an investigation into allegations surrounding the recommendation or ...
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CFP Board Issues Revocation to Barred Wells Fargo Broker Charles Frieda

Barred from FINRA in December 2017 for unsuitable over-concentration in speculative oil and gas securities, resulting in significant losses for elderly customers, Anaheim's Charles Henry Frieda no ...
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UNG Leads Worst Performing Passive Funds Since 2008's Financial Crisis

For many investors with conservative-to-moderate risk tolerance looking for investment income, a so-called "passive fund" may often be the way to go: place money in low-cost products and ...
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Uncooperative Juergen Weber (Unsuitable, Unauthorized Trades) and Benjamin S. Johnson (Failure to Report Liens) Barred

Former Benjamin & Jerold Brokerage representative Juergen received a permanent bar from the securities industry after failing to cooperate with a FINRA investigation into allegations that he made ...
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Stephen T Hurtuk Barred During Unsuitable Recommendations Investigation

FINRA barred former Stifel, Nicolaus & Company broker Stephen Thomas Hurtuk for failing to cooperate with an investigation into allegations that he made unsuitable recommendations to customers in ...
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StockCross Financial Services, LA Broker Peter Cunningham Accused of Fraudulent, Unethical UIT Trading Practices

Founded in Boston and now based in Beverly Hills, California, StockCross Financial Services and its Los Angeles-based broker Peter Edward Cunningham stand accused of causing losses in customer ...
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Compliance Officer Claims Retaliation in Firing from Purshe Kaplan Sterling After Reporting Alt Investment Red Flags to FINRA

Former Purshe Kaplan Sterling Investments, Inc. compliance officer Toni Caiazzo Neff filed a lawsuit against her former employer, claiming that Purshe Kaplan fired her after she contacted a senior ...
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National Planning Corp, Investment Centers of America, SII Investments and IFC Holdings Fined $1.7 Million, Ordered to Pay $6 Million in Restitution for Variable Annuity Sales Misconduct

FINRA fined four firms—National Planning Corporation, Investment Centers of America, SII Investments, and IFC Holdings aka INVEST Financial Corporation—a total of $1.7 million and ordered ...
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FINRA Fines Royal Alliance, FSC, SagePoint Financial, and Woodbury $1 Million for Variable Annuity Supervision Violations

FINRA fined Royal Alliance Associates, FSC Securities Corporation, SagePoint Financial, and Woodbury Financial a total of $1 million for failing to establish and maintain adequate supervisory systems ...
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Financial, Energy Sectors Feature in 10 Funds with Largest Losses in First Half of 2018

InvestmentNews compiled a list of the 10 funds that saw the largest losses over the first half of 2018, citing volatility as the biggest story thus far this year. For instance, a slew of ...
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FINRA Bars Paul Soll Over Investigation into Elder Abuse, Churning, and Unsuitable Penny Stock Recommendations

FINRA barred former Financial West Group and Western International Securities (both Los Angeles, California) broker Paul Edward Soll for refusing to cooperate with an investigation involving trading ...
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Massachusetts to Investigate Private Placement Sales & Related Practices at 10 Firms

Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth and chief securities regulator William Galvin announced a state investigation of private placement sales and related sales practices at 10 broker-dealers ...
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Kyusun Kim Barred for Unsuitable Recommendations of REITs and Alt Investments in Elderly Investors' Retirement Accounts

FINRA barred former Independent Financial Group and Sandlapper Securities, broker Kyusun Kim for unsuitably recommending that a number of elderly and retiring customers liquidate their 401(k) and ...
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Wells Fargo Advisors Pays $5 Million to Settle SEC's MLI Short-Term Trading Charges

Having found that Wells Fargo Advisors' improper sales of complex financial products imposed "substantial costs" on the firm's retail customers while generating commissions for the ...
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With $13.8 Million in Settlements, Stephen Hoshimi Suspended for Undisclosed Outside Business Activity

FINRA named "The Hoshimi Group" as an unauthorized outside business activity that Newport Beach broker Stephen Johnathan Hoshimi aka Steve Hoshimi failed to disclose to his firm, Crescent ...
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