Articles Tagged with Park Avenue Securities

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) fined a dozen independent broker-dealers (IBDs) for failing to give their clients the proper discounts available to them, known as breakpoint discounts, on sales of unit investment trusts (UITs). They were also cited for related supervisory failures. Some of the biggest fines were levied against First Allied Securities Inc. (First Allied), Fifth Third Securities Inc. (Fifth Third), Securities America Inc. (Securities America), Cetera Advisors LLC (Cetera Advisors), and Park Avenue Securities LLC (Park Avenue).

FINRA ordered the 12 firms to pay both fines and restitution totaling $6.7 million. The other firms sanctioned were: Commonwealth Financial Network (Commonwealth Financial), MetLife Securities Inc. (MetLife), Comerica Securities (Comerica), Cetera Advisor Networks LLC, Ameritas Investment Corp. (Ameritas), Infinex Investments Inc. (Infinex), and The Huntington Investment Company (Huntington Investment). Continue Reading

Robert Michael Diehl, a former broker with Murphysboro, Illinois based Park Avenue Securities LLC, submitted a Letter of Acceptance, Waiver, and Consent (AWC) in which the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) found that he sold equity-indexed annuities (EIAs) to his firm’s customers but failed to properly notify the firm of the sales.

FINRA found that rather than having the customers complete the appropriate applications and submitting them to his member firm, Robert Diehl submitted the applications directly to the issuer of the EIAs. In doing so, Mr. Diehl bypassed the supervisory review and approval of the sales of the EIAs. FINRA’s findings state that Mr. Diehl neglected to disclose to Park Avenue Securities that he made the sales, for which he received approximately $55,500 in commissions by the EIA issuer without receiving permission for the sales from Park Avenue. Continue Reading