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RBC Capital Representative Barred Amid Allegations of Unsuitable Recommendations

Paul Blum, a former registered representative with RBC Capital Markets, LLC (RBC Capital), submitted a Letter of Acceptance, Waiver and Consent in which he was barred by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) for failing to appear for on-the-record testimony which was requested amid an investigation into customer complaints and arbitration claims alleging unsuitable recommendations and excessive trading.

FINRA Rule 8210 requires registered representatives to appear for on-the-record testimony at any time.  According to FINRA, Mr. Blum acknowledged that he received FINRA’s request for his testimony in conjunction with the investigation into customer complaints and arbitration claims, but he refused to appear. Mr. Blum’s BrokerCheck report notes that there are nine pending customer disputes and 11 settled disputes involving allegations of, among other things, unsuitable recommendations and excessive trading. Consequently, Paul Vincent Blum, of Jupiter, Florida, was barred from association with any FINRA member in any capacity.

Stockbrokers have been known to engage in many types of practices which violate industry and firm rules, practices, and procedures.  In order to protect customers from stockbroker misconduct, FINRA rules require broker-dealers to not only establish and implement a reasonable supervisory system but enforce the rules, policies and procedures.  The implementation of the rules require supervisors to monitor employees to ensure they comply with federal and state securities laws, securities industry rules and regulations, and the firm’s own policies and procedures.  If broker dealers and/or their supervisors do not establish, implement and enforce these protective measures, they may be liable to investors for damages which flow from the misconduct.  As a result, investors who have suffered losses because of their stockbroker’s misconduct, including unsuitable recommendations, can file a claim to recover damages against broker dealers like, RBC Capital Markets, which should consistently oversee its employees in order to prevent stockbroker misconduct.

Have you suffered losses in your RBC Capital Markets account due to your stockbroker’s unsuitable recommendations and/or excessive trading?  If so, call Robert Pearce at the Law Offices of Robert Wayne Pearce, P.A. for a free consultation.  Mr. Pearce is accepting clients with valid claims against RBC Capital Markets stockbrokers for unsuitable recommendations, excessive trading, and/or other types of stockbroker misconduct.

The most important of investors’ rights is the right to be informed!  This Investors’ Rights blog post is by the Law Offices of Robert Wayne Pearce, P.A., located in Boca Raton, Florida.  For over 35 years, Attorney Pearce has tried, arbitrated, and mediated hundreds of disputes involving complex securities, commodities, and investment law issues.  The lawyers at our law firm are devoted to protecting investors’ rights throughout the United States and internationally!  Please post a comment, call (800) 732-2889, send Mr. Pearce an email at pearce@rwpearce.com, and/or visit our website at www.secatty.com for answers to any of your questions about this blog post and/or any related matter.