Former Morgan Stanley Broker Suspended for Unsuitable Trading of UITs

Lloyd Thomas Layton, a former registered stockbroker submitted a Letter of Acceptance, Waiver and Consent (AWC) by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) for allegedly engaging in an unsuitable pattern of short-term trading of unit investment trusts (UITs). Layton was registered from June 2009 to March 2015 as a General Securities Representative of Morgan Stanley. According to FINRA, Layton repeatedly engaged in an unsuitable pattern of short-term trading of UITs in a total of 54 customer accounts. Mr. Layton allegedly recommended that these customers purchase then sell their UITs before their maturity date. In addition, Layton also recommended his customers to use the proceeds from a short term sell of a UIT and purchase another with similar or identical investment objectives. Due to Layton’s unsuitable recommendations, his customers incurred unnecessary charges.

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