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Did Berthel Fisher & Company Cause You Investment Losses?

Marion, Iowa-based Berthel Fisher & Company Financial Services, Inc. (Berthel Fisher) and its affiliate, Securities Management Research, Inc. agreed to, without admitting or denying, the described penalties and to the entry of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority’s (FINRA) findings that it failed to supervise the sale of non-traded real estate investment trusts (REITs) and exchange-traded funds (ETFs) and also made unsuitable recommendations concerning alternative investments. 

FINRA found that Berthel Fisher failed to have an adequate supervisory system in place for sales of alternative investments such as REITs, managed futures, and oil and gas programs.  Berthel Fisher allegedly incorrectly calculated the concentration levels of certain alternative investments that resulted in the failure to meet suitability standards for numerous alternative investment sales.  FINRA found that Berthel Fisher did not properly research the non-traditional ETFs prior to having its registered representatives recommend them to investors, nor did the firm adequately train its sales people with pertaining to these alternative investments.  As a result, FINRA imposed a combined fine of $775,000 to Berthel Fisher and its affiliate, Securities Management Research.

Do You Need an Attorney Who Sues Stockbrokers Who Made Unsuitable Investment Recommendations?

Iowa has thousands of stock brokerage firms and investment advisory offices.  With so many stock brokerage firms and investment advisory offices, comes the potential for their stockbrokers, financial advisors, and other representatives to recommend unsuitable securities investments in light of the customers stated investment objectives, risk tolerance, financial condition, time horizon and other important factors and to engage in many other kinds of stockbroker fraud and stockbroker misconduct which violates Federal and Iowa securities laws and Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) rules and stock brokerage firms policies and procedures. 

Experienced Unsuitable Investment Lawyers Who Handle FINRA Arbitrations Throughout Iowa and Nationwide.

Are you an Iowa investor who has suffered significant losses in your stock brokerage and investment accounts?  Did they recommend unsuitable securities transactions or strategies? Broker-Dealer attorneys always argue to the arbitration panel the securities transactions (buy, sell or hold) and/or strategies to engage in short selling, trade on margin, use securities based lending and complex option or futures trading strategies were suitable for the customer. They routinely misrepresent the customers’ investment objectives, risk tolerance and financial condition on account documents. Suitability claims can be based upon the stockbroker or investment advisor’s fiduciary duty, duty to use reasonable care, or FINRA Rule 2111. If you believe that your stockbroker or investment advisor made unsuitable recommendations, you need a skilled securities arbitration attorney who knows all the investments, investment strategies and stockbroker tricks of the trade.

More importantly, you will need the representation of an experienced, top rated and nationally recognized FINRA arbitration attorney — a lawyer who knows FINRA rules and procedures and how to handle these FINRA arbitration cases and other complex legal issues.  By hiring a top rated securities attorney like Robert Wayne Pearce with over 40 years of experience on both sides of the table in FINRA arbitration proceedings, you will clearly see that Attorney Pearce doesn’t just handle cases—he aggressively represents investors and is one of the best securities attorneys to recover your investment losses for unsuitable recommendations and all types of stockbroker fraud and stockbroker misconduct in FINRA arbitration proceedings!

At The Law Offices of Robert Wayne Pearce, P.A., we represent investors with securities breach of fiduciary duty claims and many other kinds of securities law and investment disputes in FINRA arbitration and mediation proceedings. We handle a wide range of practice areas besides breach of fiduciary duty, such as claims involving securities misrepresentation and stockbroker fraud, negligence, failure to supervise, and unsuitable recommendations by stockbrokers and investment advisors.  Attorney Pearce and his staff represent investors throughout Iowa, and across the United States on a CONTINGENCY FEE basis, which means you pay nothing – NO FEES-NO COSTS – unless we put money in your pocket after receiving a settlement or FINRA arbitration award.

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Free Initial Consultation With An Experienced Attorney Serving Iowa Residents in FINRA Arbitrations Involving Unsuitable Investment Claims

The Law Offices of Robert Wayne Pearce, P.A.  are highly experienced lawyers who successfully handle unsuitable investment claims and other investment disputes in FINRA arbitration proceedings, and who work tirelessly to secure the best possible result for you and your case.  For dedicated representation by an attorney with over 40 years of experience and success in all kinds of securities law and investment disputes in FINRA arbitrations serving Iowa citizens, contact the firm by phone at 561-338-0037, toll free at 800-732-2889 or via e-mail.

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Robert Pearce

Robert Wayne Pearce of The Law Offices of Robert Wayne Pearce, P.A. has been a trial attorney for more than 40 years and has helped recover over $125 million dollars for his clients. During that time, he developed a well-respected and highly accomplished legal career representing investors and brokers in disputes with one another and the government and industry regulators. To speak with Attorney Pearce, call (800) 732-2889 or Contact Us online for a FREE INITIAL CONSULTATION with Attorney Pearce about your case.

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