Did Securities America, Inc. Cause You Investment Losses?
Securities America, Inc. submitted a Letter of Acceptance, Waiver and Consent to the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority in which they were censured, fined $100,000, ordered to pay $235,979.77 plus interest in restitution to customers and required to establish and implement policies, procedures, and internal controls. The sanctions were based on findings that Securities America allegedly failed to reasonably supervise representatives’ recommendations and lacked a reasonable supervisory system in violation of NASD Rule 3010 and FINRA Rules 3110 and 2010.
Securities America, which became a FINRA member firm in 1981, is headquartered in La Vista, Nebraska and has approximately 4,200 registered representatives and 2,400 branch offices throughout the United States. According to FINRA findings, Securities America allegedly failed to reasonably supervise its registered representatives recommendations of a mutual fund, LJM Preservation & Growth Fund (LJM) and permitted the sale of the funds. The findings state that the firms representatives sold more than $616,000 in the mutual fund to customers without conducting reasonable due diligence and without a sufficient understanding of its risks and features, including that the fund pursued a risky strategy. The FINRA findings further state that the fund eventually liquidated and closed after an extreme volatility event which caused the value to drop 80 percent, resulting in hundreds of thousands of dollars in losses for the customers.
NASD Rule 3010 and its successor, FINRA Rule 3110, set forth FINRA members’ supervisory obligations. Subsection (a) requires that each member shall establish and maintain a system to supervise the activities of each associated person that is reasonably designed to achieve compliance with applicable securities laws and regulations, and with applicable NASD and FINRA Rules. Subsection (b) requires that each member shall establish, maintain, and enforce written procedures to supervise the types of business in which it engages and the activities of its associated persons that are reasonably designed to achieve compliance with applicable securities laws and regulations, and with the applicable NASD and FINRA Rules. Violations of FINRA Rule 3110 and NASD Rule 3010 also constitute violations of FINRA Rule 2010.
Do You Need a Nebraska Mutual Fund Investment Dispute Attorney?
Are you a La Vista, Nebraska investor who has suffered significant losses in your stock brokerage and investment accounts? Did your Nebraska stockbroker or investment advisor misrepresent or mislead you about a Mutual Fund investment or make an unsuitable recommendation that you invest in a Mutual Fund or otherwise mismanage your investment account? If so, you will need to have representation from an experienced, highly rated, and nationally recognized FINRA securities arbitration law attorney—an attorney who understands Mutual Fund investments and stockbroker abuses such as when they are making unsuitable investments in Class A, B, or C shares of other classes of mutual funds to increase their commissions, missing breakpoints to generate higher commissions, switching of mutual funds that are intended long term investments outside of a mutual fund family to generate more commissions for them.
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