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The Department of Market Regulation of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) received a Letter of Acceptance, Waiver and Consent (AWC) from LPL Financial LLC (LPL Financial) for allegedly failing to report securities transactions and failing to show the correct time of execution of several brokerage orders.

The Department of Market Regulation conducted two reviews on LPL Financial in 2010 regarding the firm’s compliance with Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board (MSRB) and Trade Reporting and Compliance Engine (TRACE) requirements.

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FINRA censured and ordered LPL Financial LLC (LPL Financial) to pay $6.3 million for failures related to sales charge waivers. LPL Financial submitted a Letter of Acceptance, Waiver and Consent (AWC) to the Department of Enforcement of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) for the alleged widespread supervisory failures.

LPL Financial is a brokerage and investment advisory firm with a principal place of business in Boston, Massachusetts. LPL Financial has been conducting securities business related activities since 1973. LPL Financial has over eighteen thousand registered representatives operating from nearly eleven thousand branch office locations.

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Morgan Stanley & Co. and Morgan Stanley Smith Barney LLC of New York submitted a Letter of Acceptance, Waiver and Consent to the Department of Enforcement of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) for allegedly failing to supervise and implement adequate written procedures to comply with Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board (MSRB) rules relating to short positions in tax-exempt municipal bonds.

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Merrion Securities, LLC (Merrion) of Westfield, New Jersey Submitted a Letter of Acceptance, Waiver and Consent to the Department of Enforcement of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) for allegedly failing to properly establish an escrow account for investor funds. Organized as a Limited Liability company and FINRA member since 1992, Merrion focuses primarily on general securities transactions with approximately 117 registered representatives within one branch office.

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National Securities Corporation (NSC) located in Seattle, Washington submitted a Letter of Acceptance, Waiver and Consent to the Department of Enforcement of the Financial industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) for allegedly failing to disclose to investors compensation they were receiving. NSC has been a registered FINRA member since 1947 and provides retail brokerage, investment banking and investment advisory services.

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The Department of Market Regulation of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) received a Letter of Acceptance, Waiver and Consent (AWC) from LPL Financial LLC (LPL Financial) for allegedly failing to report securities transactions and failing to show the correct time of execution of several brokerage orders.

The Department of Market Regulation conducted two reviews on LPL Financial in 2010 regarding the firm’s compliance with Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board (MSRB) and Trade Reporting and Compliance Engine (TRACE) requirements.

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Fox Financial Management Corporation (Fox Financial) of Carrollton, Texas, Brian Murphy of Frisco, Texas and James Rooney of Carrolton, Texas were all fined and suspended by the Department of Enforcement for the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority for allegedly failing to supervise a registered representative and for failing to establish, maintain and enforce written supervisory procedures.

Fox Financial’s primary business was selling private placements in real estate investment trusts (REITs) and life insurance settlement funds (viaticals) issued by a Fox Financial affiliate. Rooney and Murphy were both General Securities Principals and General Securities Representatives. Rooney was the firm’s President from 2005 until Fox Financial ceased to be a FINRA member. Murphy was Fox Financial’s Chief Compliance Officer (CCO) from 2008 until Fox Financial ceased to be a FINRA member. Rooney and Murphy shared supervisory responsibilities for Fox Financial registered representatives. Continue reading →

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Robert Nash of Deltona Beach, Florida and Merrimac Corporate Securities, Inc., (Merrimac) of Altamonte Springs, Florida have been fined and suspended by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Department of Enforcement for failing to establish and maintain a reasonable supervisory system and for falsifying Deposit Securities Request Forms (DSR Forms). Merrimac was a general securities broker-dealer that first became registered as a FINRA member in 1993, where Nash served as the Chief Compliance Officer (CCO).

While Merrimac was under investigation by FINRA, it was determined that Merrimac, through Nash, provided false documents to FINRA and that “Merrimac and certain of its employees violated federal securities regulations and FINRA rules relating to a variety of topics.” Over the course of the investigation, Merrimac provided 37 falsified documents to FINRA. Nash, CCO of Merrimac, acknowledged that he was responsible for the information in the documents. Continue reading →

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UBS Wealth Management and UBS Puerto Rico have been ordered by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) to pay $1 million in damages to a 66 year old investor. According to the arbitration panel, UBS brokers encouraged the investor to keep and hold 100% of his investment portfolio in risky Puerto Rico closed end bond funds despite the fact that the investment was extremely over-concentrated and completely unsuitable for him.

According to the arbitration award, this conservative, frugal investor lost $737,000 of his nearly $1 million portfolio. When the investor approached UBS with his concerns about the decline in the value of his investment portfolio the UBS branch manager allegedly stated that “even a skinny cow could give milk.” The FINRA arbitration award went on to note that UBS provided the investor with brochures and monthly statements in English, despite the fact that he spoke very little English and had requested the documents be sent in Spanish. Unfortunately, this investor did not know that UBS brokers were allegedly under pressure to sell these risky closed-end bond funds and to encourage investors to hold the bonds even when their value collapsed in the fall of 2013. Continue reading →

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JPMorgan Chase & Co (JPMorgan) is under investigation by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) about a potential conflict of interest and breach of fiduciary duty with respect to its sales of mutual funds and other proprietary products.

According to InvestmentNews, JPMorgan received subpoenas and inquiries from the SEC and other government authorities about the firm’s sale and recommendations of mutual funds and other proprietary investment products in its wealth management business. At question is the alleged breach of fiduciary duty, which requires that financial advisors put their customers’ best interests ahead of their own. Continue reading →