Did Betsy Bratton Marcom Cause You Investment Losses?
Betsy Bratton Marcom, a former Registered Representative with the Georgetown, Texas branch of NEXT Financial Group, Inc. (NEXT Financial), submitted a letter of Acceptance, Waiver, and Consent in which she agreed to, without admitting or denying, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority’s (FINRA) sanction and findings that she recommended unsuitable investments to her customer which resulted in approximately $135,000 in realized losses.
FINRA found that Betsy Marcom of Georgetown, Texas made recommendations to her client, a non-profit parish church, to invest almost all of its portfolio in non-investment grade corporate bonds, inconsistent with her client’s investment objectives and risk tolerance. FINRA alleged that Betsy Marcom, who was a member of her client’s Finance Council, recommended the council start investing in non-investment grade bonds to generate a larger return in their account. As a result, her client invested over $700,000, approximately 45% of its liquid assets, in non-investment grade bonds in the NEXT Financial account, with realized losses of approximately $135,000.
According to FINRA, on at least four occasions, Ms. Marcom recommended that her client sell the bonds within three months of maturity, resulting in the client receiving nearly $3,661 less than it would have if it had held the bonds to maturity. Consequently, Betsy Marcom was assessed a deferred fine of $15,000 and suspended from association with any FINRA member for four months.
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