November 2016- New York
Merrill Lynch was fined $7 million by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) for inadequately supervising the use of leverage (margin) in customer accounts.
Merrill Loan Management Accounts (LMAs) permit customers to borrow money from an affiliated bank using securities in the account as collateral. From 2010-2014, FINRA found that Merrill’s supervisory procedures were inadequate with regard to the use of the loan proceeds from the LMA’s and that customers were using the loan proceeds to purchase securities in violation of the LMA agreements.
In addition FINRA found that from 2010-2013 Merrill’s supervisory procedures were inadequate to ensure the suitability of transactions in certain Puerto Rican securities, including municipal bonds and closed-end funds, where customer accounts were highly leveraged through LMA or margin borrowing.
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