Garden State Securities Broker Fined and Suspended by FINRA for Unsuitable Recommendations

Adam R. Tau, a former broker with the New York branch of Garden State Securities, Inc., submitted a letter of Acceptance, Waiver, and Consent in which he consented to, but did not admit to or deny, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority’s (FINRA) findings that he made unsuitable recommendations to a customer which resulted in substantial losses in the customer’s account. FINRA found that Adam Tau made recommendations to his customer that were unsuitable given his customer’s conservative investment objectives, risk tolerance, and limited assets and income. Mr. Tau recommended five purchases of common stock totaling approximately $204,000. During the relevant time period, the stock experienced several price declines which resulted in a loss of approximately $30,000. Additionally, FINRA found that Mr. Tau exercised discretion in his customer’s account by effecting ten trades without obtaining the necessary written authorization from his customer and neglecting to obtain the written acceptance of the account as discretionary by Garden State Securities.

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