Category Archives: ETFs Exchange Traded Funds

Demitrios Hallas-Former PHX Financial Broker-Named in SEC Complaint-

April 2017- New York

The FINRA records of  Demitrios Hallas ,  a  former PHX Financial stockbroker who is currently not registered disclose two final regulatory events, 2 prior customer disputes and a termination from employment.

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.

Hallas was recently named in an SEC Complaint alleging that he purchased and sold daily leveraged Exchange Traded Funds and Notes (ETFs and ETNs) knowingly or recklessly disregarding that the products were unsuitable for his customers. In addition the SEC alleges that Hallas misappropriated over $170,000 from one customer. Link to SEC complaint. 

Hallas was suspended by FINRA in April 2016 for failing to respond to a request for information.

In February 2012 Halllas was discharged by Chase Investment Services Corp. who made the following allegation in connection with the termination: “Job performance, including customer complaints alleging unauthorized trades and failure to disclose fees”

Hallas’ prior employment includes PHX Financial, Forefront Capital Markets, Santander Securities, Aegis Capital Corp., Chase Investment Services and PNC Investments.

If you have losses in an account in an account handled by Demitrios Hallas  , 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.

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Rex Securities Law

TollFree: 877-224-3199

Florida-561 391 1900 

Texas-512-329-2870

Bill Holubec-Royal Alliance Broker-Discloses Pending Customer Dispute-San Angelo, TX

January 2016-San Angelo, Texas

Publicly available records of Bill A. Holubec, (CRD# 1304064) ,  a  stockbroker who is employed by Royal Alliance Associates disclose that a Royal Alliance customer has filed FINRA Case #17-0068 alleging damages of $500,000 for misrepresentation,  suitability and failure to supervise in connection with the sale of junk bonds and non-traditional exchange traded funds (ETF).

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.

Holubec  has been employed by Royal Alliance Associates since 12/1994.

If you have questions about an account in an account handled by Bill Holubec, 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

Christopher Anthony-Former Rhodes Securities Broker-Discloses Customer Dispute and Discharge from Employment

November 2016-Arlington, Texas

The FINRA records of  Christopher P. Anthony,  a  stockbroker who is not currently  registered and who was last employed by  Rhodes Securities, Inc.  disclose a currently pending customer dispute  and a discharge from employment.

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.

Anthony is also affiliated with Great Lakes & Atlantic Wealth Management and Advisory Pnrs and Anthony Capital Management.

In FINRA Case #16-02297, a customer of Rhodes Securities alleges damages of $100,000 for unsuitable investments, churning and failure to supervise in connection with the investment in options, foreign stock and index exchange traded funds (ETFs).

Anthony was discharged by Rhodes Securities 4/28/2015. Rhodes Securities made the following allegations on Anthony’s FINRA record in connection with the discharge: “Failure to adhere to heightened supervision. Trading with discretion and trading outside the investment objectives stated on the client accounts.”

 

If you have losses in an account in an account handled by Christopher Anthony 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

Andrew B. Kramer-Former Capitol Securities Management Broker-Discloses Customer Dispute

July 2016-Brooklyn, NY

The FINRA records of Andrew B. Kramer ,  a  stock broker who is currently unlicensed and was most recently employed  by Capitol Securities Management & Kramer Capital Management , disclose a prior regulatory event, 2 pending customer disputes and 3 prior final customer disputes.

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 one of the currently pending matters, FINRA Case #15-0879, a customer of Capitol Securities Management and Northeast Securities alleges damages of $635,000 for fraud, misrepresentation, unsuitability, breach of fiduciary duty, breach of contract and failure to supervise in connection with investments in exchange traded funds (ETFs) and exchange traded notes (ETNs).

Kramer was employed by Capitol Securities Management from 9/2014-5/2016. Prior to that he was employed by Northeast Securities from 7/2010-9/2014.

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

Christos A. Kalatoudis-Former Worden Capital Broker-Discloses Regulatory Events & Pending Judgment/Liens

July 2016-Lake Success, New York

The FINRA records of Christos A. Kalatoudis ,  a currently unlicensed stock broker who was last employed by Worden Capital Management, disclose  2 prior regulatory events,  4 prior finalized customer disputes and 2 outstanding judgement/liens.

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 May 2016 FINRA suspended Christos A. Kalatoudis for failing to respond to a FINRA request for information . FINRA Case# 2015047385601. In January 2016 FINRA suspended Kalatoudis for failing to comply with an arbitration award or settlement agreement or to satisfactorily respond to FINRA to provide information concerning the status of compliance. FINRA Case# 14-02428.

In FINRA Case 14-02428, a customer of his prior employer John Thomas Financial brought an arbitration alleging that Kalatoudis concentrated their accounts in unsuitable and risky investments, including ‘inverse’ exchange traded funds, short term puts and private placements. At the conclusion of the arbitration the FINRA panel ordered Kalatoudis to pay the customers $180,781. Young v Kalatoudis, et al. 

FINRA records disclose two outstanding judgments or liens against Kalatoudis. The IRS has a lien for $287,786 and there is a judgment in the amount of $3,986 in favor of 2 Gold LLC.

Christos A. Kalatoudis was employed by Worden Capital Managment from 11/2013-1/2016. Prior to that he was employed by a number of firms, including: National Securities Corporation, John Thomas Financial (expelled by FINRA 10/2013), and Joseph Gunnar & Co. 

If you have losses in an account handled by Christos A. Kalatoudis call to learn how you may be entitled to collect damages through FINRA arbitration.

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

Investors Capital Corp. Discloses 21 Regulatory Issues-Withdraws FINRA Registration

UPDATE FEBRUARY 2017-As of 11/18/2016 Investors Capital Corp is no longer registered with FINRA or a national securities exchange. In October 2016, Investors Capital was censured, fined $250,000 and required to pay restitution to customers in connection with the short term trading of unit investment trusts (UITS) and Steepener Notes.

ORIGINAL POST JUNE 2016According to FINRA records,  stock brokerage firm Investors Capital Corp.  discloses 19 regulatory events that are final and 14 final arbitrations. According to recent press, there are plans to shut down the company in the coming months.

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.

Investors Capital Corp. is an independent full-service broker-dealer and has been a FINRA member since 1992. They are headquartered in Lynnfield, Massachusetts and employ over 500 brokers in over 300 offices nationwide.

During 2013-2014, RCS Capital Corp. (RCAP) acquired Investors Capital Corp. along with a number of other independent broker-dealers, including Cetera Financial Group. In early 2016 RCAP filed for bankruptcy and in spring 2016, Cetera announced that as part of its restructuring they would be merging Investors Capital and VSR Financial Services, known for its sales of alternative investments, into its Summit Brokerage Services unit.

Investors Capital Corps.’s recent regulatory events include:

  • 8/2014-New Hampshire regulators assessed a fine of $125,000 and required rescission of unsuitable sales of non-traded REITs. Regulators alleged that Investors Capital made telemarketing calls to residents in violation of FINRA telemarketing rules and sold unsuitable non-traded REITs.
  • 3/2014-FINRA alleged that the firm failed to have a proper process in place to ensure that prospectuses were delivered to purchasers of exchange traded funds (ETFs) and that the firm did not engage in training brokers about the features and risks of ETFs. A fine of $100,000 was assessed.

If you have questions about an account at  Investors Capital Corp., call for a no charge consultation.

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

Brandt B. Wendland-Feltl & Co. Broker-Named in Customer Arbitration Involving Penny Stocks

Minneapolis, MN

According to FINRA records, Brandt B. Wendland  a broker who has been  registered  with Feltl & Company since  3/2004 , discloses a pending customer dispute involving penny stocks and leveraged exchange traded funds (ETFs).

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 pending FINRA Case 14-2132, a customer alleges damages of $300,000 for unsuitable trading in penny stocks, leveraged exchange traded funds, margin and unauthorized trading.

Feltl & Co. Prior Regulatory Issues related to Penny Stocks and ETFs

Feltl & Co. was fined $1 million in 2014 for issues related to inadequacy of supervision in connection with the sale of penny stocks. See this for more. 

That same year Feltl & Co. was fined $225,000 to resolve allegations that firm procedures related to the sale of ETFs were inadequate. See this for more.

If you have losses in an account handled by Brandt B. Wendland, you may be able to recover damages through FINRA arbitration.

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