Delray Beach, Florida
The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) is the largest independent regulator for all securities firms doing business in the United States. FINRA’s chief role is to protect investors by maintaining the fairness of the U.S. capital markets.
All stockbrokers and broker dealers (brokerage firms) are required to be licensed by and subject to the rules and regulations of FINRA. Each month FINRA publishes disciplinary actions against brokers and broker dealers. Discipline can range from monetary fines and suspensions, or in extreme cases, revocation of licensing and a bar from the securities industry.
See the FINRA website for current and historical disciplinary actions.
Hunter Scott Financial, LLC (CRD #45559, Delray Beach, Florida) submitted a Letter of Acceptance, Waiver and Consent in which the firm was censured and fined $25,000.
Without admitting or denying the findings, the firm consented to the described sanctions and to the entry of findings that it charged its customers a fee for handling, in addition to a commission, on securities transactions. The findings stated that the handling fee was fixed at $50 per transaction and a substantial portion was not attributable to any specific cost or expense incurred by the firm in executing the trade, or determined by any formula applicable to all customers. The handling fee was determined by the firm, not by the individual representative executing the order. Although reflected on customer trade confirmations as a charge for handling, a substantial portion of the fee actually served as a source of additional transaction-based remuneration or revenue to the firm, in the same manner as a commission, and was not directly related to any specific handling services the firm performed, or handling-related expenses the firm incurred, in processing the transaction.
The firm’s characterization of the charge as being for handling was therefore improper. The finding also stated that by designating the charge as a handling fee on customer trade confirmations, the firm understated the amount of the total the firm commissions charged and misstated the purpose of the handling fee. (FINRA Case #2012034690901)
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