Category Archives: Royal Alliance

Roger B. Deal-Former Royal Alliance Broker-Discloses $3.2M Customer Dispute over Real Estate Investment

July 2016- Columbus, Nebraska

The FINRA records of Roger B. Deal  , a stock broker currently employed by Geneos Wealth Management , disclose  a currently pending customer dispute .

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.

In a currently pending case CL14-7646, in the District Court of Douglas County Nebraska, a customer while Deal was employed by Royal Alliance Associates, alleges damages of $3.2 million in connection with an investment in a real estate tenant in common investment (TIC) that the former customer alleges was purchased based on misrepresentations and which is also unsuitable.

Deal has been employed by Geneos Wealth Management since 9/2014. Prior to that he was employed by Royal Alliance Associates from 6/2001-9/2014.

If you have losses in an account handled by Roger B. Deal, contact us to discuss your 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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TollFree: 877-224-3199

Florida-561 391 1900 

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First Allied Securities Broker Sanctioned for Sale of Unsuitable Exchange Traded Funds

April 21, 2015

Daniel Grieco  entered into a Letter of Acceptance Waiver and Consent (AWC)  with the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) to resolve allegations that he recommended and caused to be executed purchases of leveraged and inverse leveraged exchange traded funds (ETFs) in 15 customer accounts. FINRA alleges that Grieco made the recommendations on non-traditional ETFs to various customers without having reasonable grounds to believe his recommendations were suitable.

According to FINRA, the ETFs were designed to achieve their objectives over the course of a single day, but were actually held for much longer, in some cases as long as five years.

Grieco was fined $7,500 and suspended for 15 days.

Disciplinary Proceeding NO. 2013035076201

Stock brokers have a duty to make recommendations that are suitable for customers, taking into account their age, health, liquid net worth and level of financial sophistication.

According to FINRA records, Grieco has been registered with First Allied Securities since 8/2010. Before that he was registered with Royal Alliance Associates 4/2007-8/2010.

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.

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Charles Crotts-Former Royal Alliance StockBroker-Barred by Regulator

Lexington, North Carolina

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.

AUGUST 2013
Charles Eugene Crotts (CRD #5354524, Registered Representative, Lexington, North Carolina-not currently registered, previously with Royal Alliance Associates, Inc. and prior to that American Portfolios Financial Services, Inc.) submitted a Letter of Acceptance, Waiver and Consent in which he was barred from association with any FINRA member in any capacity. Without
admitting or denying the findings, Crotts consented to the described
sanction and to the entry of findings that he failed to appear and
provide on-the-record testimony, as FINRA requested. The findings
stated that the request was regarding allegations that Crotts improperly borrowed money from a customer of his member firm, made unsuitable investment recommendations to a customer, and engaged in undisclosed outside business activities.

The findings also stated that Crotts borrowed $30,000 from a firm customer without providing notice to, or receiving permission from, his firm to borrow from the customer.
(FINRA Case #2012032962301)

If you have questions about investment losses or the way your brokerage account has been handled, please contact us to discuss your legal rights.

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