LPL Financial Hit with $11.7 Million Fine for Failure to Supervise Investment Sales

LPL Financial LLC (LPL Financial) was fined $11.7 million by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) for failing to maintain a proper supervisory system with respect to the sales of complex investment products, such as exchange-traded funds (ETFs), variable annuities, mutual funds, and non-traded real estate investment trusts. Without admitting or denying the findings, LPL Financial consented to FINRA’s sanctions and findings that if failed to enforce its supervisory procedures for the sales of non-traditional ETFs, such as leveraged, inverse, and inverse-leveraged ETFs. Specifically, FINRA found that LPL Financial failed to enforce allocation limits with respect to customers’ investment objectives in its sales of non-traditional ETFs. LPL also failed to ensure that some of its registered representatives were adequately trained to sell the ETFs.

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