Category Archives: National Planning Corp.

Matthew J. Westfall-Former Securities America Broker-Discloses Pending Customer Dispute

February 2017-Grand Isle, NE

According to publicly available records Matthew J. Westfall , (CRD# 1112977) ,  a   stockbroker who is not currently registered, discloses a pending customer dispute, a discharge from employment and a final regulatory matter.

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.

Westfall discloses that in March 2016, a customer of Securities America filed FINRA arbitration 16-0771 alleging damages of $336,813 for unsuitable recommendations, fraudulent misrepresentation and violations of federal and Nebraska securities laws in connection with an investment in real estate securities. That matter is currently pending.

Westfall discloses that in 12/2012 he was discharged from National Planning Corporation who alleged that he solicited an investment and accepted funds in connection with an investment that was not offered by the firm.

Westfall discloses that in January 2014, he was fined $25,000 and suspended for two years to resolve allegations that he solicited and accepted funds from firm customers to purchase Iraqi Dinar currency as an investment and other allegations.

Westfall’s prior employment includes Primex, National Planning Corporation, Securities America, Sunamerica Securities and VSR Financial Services. 

If you have questions about an account in an account handled by Matthew J. Westfall , contact us to discuss your legal options.

Rex Securities Law , with offices in Boca Raton, FL,  and  Austin, TX,   provides representation to  investors  nationwide who are seeking recovery of investment losses due to the negligence or fraud of stockbrokers and broker dealers. If you have questions about how your account has been handled, call to speak with an experienced securities attorney.

Most cases handled on a contingent fee basis meaning that you do not pay legal fees unless we are successful.

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Rex Securities Law

TollFree: 877-224-3199

Florida-561 391 1900 

Texas-512-329-2870

Gary D. Moore- Former VSR Financial Broker- Investigation- Sarasota, Florida

Sarasota, Florida

Rex Securities Law is investigating former VSR Financial Services broker Gary D. Moore  in connection with the sale of limited partnerships, promissory notes and real estate securities during the time he was employed by VSR Financial Services from 6/2004-6/2007. He is currently employed by National Planning Corporation.

According to FINRA records Moore is named in FINRA arbitration #14-2969 in which a customer alleges damages of $375,000 in connection with the sale of real estate securities, promissory notes and other direct investments. The customer alleges breach of written contract, breach of fiduciary duty,  gross negligence, misrepresentations and violations of securities laws.

VSR Financial Services was fined $550,000 by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) in May 2013 in connection with the sale of alternative investments. In their findings, FINRA criticised VSR Financial for recommending high concentration levels of alternative investments in customer accounts and for its lack of supervision over the use of consolidated reports prepared by brokers and provided to customers.

Alternative investments include non publicly traded real estate investment trusts (REITS) , hedge funds, real estate, commodities and derivatives contracts and, managed futures. It may also include art, wine, antiques, coins or stamps. These investments tend to be complex, illiquid, nontransparent, hard to value and expensive. Many of the alternative investments sold over recent years are not traded on any public market making them difficult to value and even more difficult to liquidate if cash is needed.

If you have losses in an account handled by  Gary D. Moore while he was employed by VSR Financial Services , contact us to discuss how you may be able to recover damages for those losses.

Rex Securities Law , with offices in Boca Raton, FL,  and  Austin, TX,   provides representation to  investors  nationwide who are seeking recovery of investment losses due to the negligence or fraud of stockbrokers and broker dealers. If you have questions about how your account has been handled, call to speak with an experienced securities attorney.

Most cases handled on a contingent fee basis meaning that you do not pay legal fees unless we are successful.

Nationwide Representation

Rex Securities Law

TollFree: 877-224-3199

Florida-561 391 1900 

Texas-512-329-2870

Senator Elizabeth Warren Criticizes Wall Street For Inadequately Policing Stock Brokers

March 3, 2016-Washington, DC

The Investment News reported that Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren raised doubts during a Senate banking subcommittee hearing about whether FINRA can adequately police itself. Wa

During the hearing she questioned FINRA chairman and CEO Richard Ketchum on what the regulators are doing to ensure the protection of investors, citing a recent study by business school professors from the University of Chicago and University of Minnesota asserting that one in 13 brokers has some type of misconduct reported on their FINRA record. That same study shows that half of the brokers with ethical issues are fired, but 44% are rehired by another firm within a year.

While Ketchum said recidivism is being addressed, Senator Warren was not satisfied and insists that the industry must do better.

The study lists the 10 firms with the highest rate of misconduct:

FIRM                                                                     Misconduct     Brokers

Rate

1 Oppenheimer & Co. 19.60% 2,275
2 First Allied Securities 17.72% 1,112
3 Wells Fargo Advisors 15.30% 1,797
4 UBS Financial Services 15.14% 12,175
5 Cetera Advisors 14.39% 1,432
6 Securities America 14.30% 2,546
7 National Planning Corp. 14.03% 1,760
8 Raymond James Financial Inc. 13.74% 5,495
9 Stifel Nicolaus & Co. 13.27% 4,008
10 Janney Montgomery Scott 13.27% 1,394

Rex Securities Law , with offices in Boca Raton, FL,  and  Austin, TX,   provides representation to  investors  nationwide who are seeking recovery of investment losses due to the negligence or fraud of stockbrokers and broker dealers. If you have questions about how your account has been handled, call to speak with an experienced securities attorney.

Most cases handled on a contingent fee basis meaning that you do not pay legal fees unless we are successful.

Nationwide Representation

Rex Securities Law

TollFree: 877-224-3199

Florida-561 391 1900 

Texas-512-329-2870

National Planning Corp. Fined by Regulators for Excessive Sales Charges

August 25, 2015- El Segundo, California

National Planning Corporation , entered into a Letter of Acceptance Waiver and Consent (AWC) with the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) to resolve allegations that from April 2009 to April 2014 they failed to apply volume discounts to certain customers’ purchases of non-traded real estate investment trusts (REITs) and business development companies (BDCs).

As a result those affected customers paid excessive sales charges.

AWC No. 2014042567801

National Planning Corporation was censured , fined $30,000 and ordered to pay restitution of over $16,000.

National Planning Corporation has been a FINRA member since 1992, and  has  about 1800 brokers in 900  branch offices .

Rex Securities Law , with offices in Boca Raton, FL,  and  Austin, TX,   provides representation to  investors  nationwide who are seeking recovery of investment losses due to the negligence or fraud of stockbrokers and broker dealers. If you have questions about how your account has been handled, call to speak with an experienced securities attorney.

Most cases handled on a contingent fee basis meaning that you do not pay legal fees unless we are successful.

Nationwide Representation

Rex Securities Law

TollFree: 877-224-3199

Florida-561 391 1900 

Texas-512-329-2870

Independent Broker Dealer Rankings Announced by Investment News

The Investment News recently announced the rankings of independent broker-dealers for 2013

BrokerDealer                   Gross Revenue

 1            LPL Financial LLC           $4B (billion)

2            Ameriprise Financial
Services Inc.                                     $3.2 B

3            Raymond James Financial
Services Inc.                                   $1.4 B

4            Commonwealth Financial
Network                                         $822 M (million)

5            Lincoln Financial Network       $794M

6            Wells Fargo Advisors
Financial Network                $707 M

7            Axa Advisors            $677M

8            Northwestern Mutual        $654M

9            Cambridge Investment
Research Inc.                      $574 M

10          Securities America Inc.      $475M

11          Royal Alliance Associates
Inc.                              $444 M

12          Cetera Advisor Networks    $435M

13          Waddell & Reed
Financial Advisors                       $426 M

14          ING Financial Partners
Inc.                                  $396 M

15          National Planning Corp.      $383M

16          NFP Advisor Services
Group                                $381 M

17          MML Investors Services
LLC                              $361 M

18          Securian Financial
Services Inc.                            $355 M

19          FSC Securities Corp.        $280M

20          Princor Financial
Services Corp.                           $279 M

21          SagePoint Financial Inc.  $279M

22          INVEST Financial Corp.      $278M

23          HD Vest Investment
Services                               $273 M

24          First Allied Securities
Inc.                                   $272 M

25          Signator Investors Inc.   $269M

Rex Securities Law , located in Boca Raton, FL, provides representation to  investors  nationwide who are seeking recovery of investment losses due to the negligence or fraud of stockbrokers and broker dealers. If you have questions about how your account has been handled, call to speak with an experienced securities attorney. Most cases handled on a contingent fee basis meaning that you do not pay legal fees unless we are successful.

Rex Securities Law

561 391 1900

Sun Life Annuities Can Be A Problem for Investors

Especially if the annuities subaccounts are investing in hedge funds.


FINRA recently investigated the following  firms in connection with  variable annuities( Foresee Strategies Insurance Funds and Sala Multi Series Fund) issued by Sun Life Financial, Inc. that contained sub-accounts with hedge fund investments:

  • Geneos Wealth Management
  • Lincoln Financial Network
  • National Planning Corp.
  • SagePoint Financial, Inc.
  • FSC Securities 

The strategy of the subaccount manager was to invest in options in the S&P 500, using both put and call options. This strategy is known as a strangle and counts on the hope that the market doesn’t move very hard up or down. In a period of high volatility, as happened in Septmeber 2008, this strategy does not work. In this case the subject annuities were nearly wiped out completely. 

There are lots and lots of annuities out there and investors need to be very wary when purchasing one. Variable annuities tend to be riskier because they are dependent upon the ups and downs of the stock market. Principal is not generally guaranteed in variable annuities so when the markets go down, the variable annuity will lose money. This may not be suitable for those on fixed incomes who are dependent upon their nest egg to survive and who cannot afford to lose capital.

If you have questions about your stock brokerage account, please give us a call. We have been helping investors recover stock market losses for 25 years.

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Rex Securities Law

561 391 1900