INVEST Financial Corporation (IFC) of Tampa, Florida submitted a Letter of Acceptance, Waiver and Consent (AWC) to the Department of Enforcement for the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) for alleged supervisory failures in connection with Unit Investment Trust (UIT) transactions with its customers.
A UIT is generally a portfolio of redeemable securities (units) that can contain several different types of securities with a specified lifetime. The most common of these securities are stock and bond trusts. UITs are created with a definite life and are a fixed portfolio of securities. This makes UITs different from a mutual fund that allows its securities to be bought and sold in perpetuity. Sales charge discounts are often offered to customers who periodically reinvest in a UIT which is also known as a rollover. The UIT sponsor can also offer “breakpoints” which distribute sales charge discounts depending on the amount invested.