May 2017-New Orleans, LA
According to FINRA records, Timothy T. Gibbons , a former Morgan Stanley broker, without admitting or denying the findings, entered into an agreement with FINRA to resolve allegations that he made unsuitable investment recommendations to five elderly customers ranging in age from 72 to 90.
The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) is the agency that licenses and regulates stockbrokers and brokerage firms. FINRA requires brokers and brokerage firms to report customer complaints and disputes as well as regulatory sanctions. In addition brokers are required to disclose certain financial matters such as personal bankruptcies, judgments and liens.
According to FINRA Letter of Acceptance Waiver and Consent No. 2015047910601, Gibbons over concentrated the accounts of these elderly clients in a single energy sector security. The concentration level in the customer’s accounts ranged from 65% to 79%.
The recommendation to invest in such a manner was unsuitable based on the customer’s age, risk tolerance, investment objectives and financial circumstances. FINRA Rule 2111(a) requires stockbrokers to have a reasonable basis to believe that a recommended transaction or investment strategy is suitable for the customer taking those and other factors such as tax status, investment experience time horizon and liquidity needs, into account.
Gibbons, who was employed by Morgan Stanley from 2009-2015, was suspended from association with any FINRA member for 18 months, fined $20,000 and ordered to pay partial restitution to the customers of $716,750.
If you have questions about an account handled by Timothy Gibbons or if you believe your broker over concentrated your portfolio in energy stocks or made other unsuitable recommendations, call for a no charge consultation.
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