Kestra Investment Services, Inc., headquartered in Austin, Texas, submitted a Letter of Acceptance, Waiver and Consent (AWC) to the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) for failing to adequately supervise the sales of variable annuities, specifically L-share variable annuities.
Registered with FINRA since 1997, Kestra Investment Services currently has 1,845 registered representatives and 639 branch offices. FINRA found that from October 1, 2013 to June 30, 2014, Kestra Investment Services failed to establish, maintain, and enforce an adequate supervisory system to identify red flags related to the sale of L-share variable annuities. Further, FINRA found that Kestra Investment Services failed to provide its registered representatives with proper training and guidance on suitability considerations for these variable annuities. According to FINRA, the L-share annuities are a complex investment product that is only suitable for a narrow class of investors and that Kestra Investment Services allegedly failed to provide its registered representatives with appropriate guidance to discern this class of investor. Continue Reading