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Stifel Nicolaus Ordered to Pay Elderly Couple For Puerto Rico Bond Losses

Over the past few years St. Louis based Stifel Nicolaus & Co. has faced a number of problem with regulators as well as actions filed by disgruntled customers, including:

  • In 2014, Stifel Nicolaus  was fined $60,000 by the Securities and Exchange Commission to resolve securities regulator’s allegations that the improperly sold Puerto Rico junk bonds to retail investors by selling bonds below the minimum $100,000 denomination established by the issuer.
  • In February 2017, a FINRA arbitration panel in Dallas, Texas, awarded two former elderly customers over $117,000 for losses suffered as a result of having invested in Puerto Rico municipal bonds. Follow this link to the FINRA record of Stifel Nicolaus broker Robert Kyle Ratcliff. FINRA Case 15-03427, June and Perry Burns v Stifel Nicolaus.

Puerto Rico Debt Crisis

In early 2014, various credit rating agencies downgraded the debt of Puerto Rico to non investment grade, better known as junk status or speculative grade. This downgrade triggered acceleration clauses requiring the repayment of some debt within months, rather than years.

Puerto Rico has over $70 billion of outstanding debt, with a debt to GDP ratio of about 68%. While about $30 billion (42%) of Puerto Rico’s debt is owned by residents of Puerto Rico, the larger portion is owned by non-residents, primarily residents of the continental United States.

Investors who have suffered losses on Puerto Rico’s bonds purchased from a broker employed by Stifel Nicolaus & Co. 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.

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Michael Delao-Former Century Securities Broker-Sanctioned by Texas Securities Regulators

December 2016-Georgetown, Texas

The FINRA records of  Michael Ramon Delao,  a  stockbroker with St. Bernard Financial Services , disclose a recently regulatory event , a prior customer dispute and 2 terminations.

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 records, while Delao was employed by  he was arrested in connection with two felony charges and was indicted. Although the felony charges were later dismissed, Delao did not report these events to Century or to the Texas State Securities Board (TSSB) as required by Board Rules. The TSSB reprimanded Delao and assessed an administrative fine of $7,500.

In 2009, Delao was discharged by Southwest Securities who made the following allegation: “Guaranteeing a client against losses in an email.” In 2015, Delao voluntarily resigned from Stifel Nicolaus & Company.

 

Delao has been employed with  since 10/2016. He was employed by IFS Securities from 8/2016-8/2016 and prior to that with Century Securities.

If you have questions about an account handled by Michael Delao , contact us 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

Stifel Nicolaus Broker William Coolidge Barred by FINRA

By Robert H. Rex

William Bradford Coolidge (CRD #1636957, Registered Representative, Cordova, Tennessee) 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, Coolidge consented to the described sanction and to the entry of findings that he effected trades in elderly customers’ accounts without obtaining the customers’ prior written authorization and without his member firm’s acceptance of the accounts as discretionary. 

The findings stated that Coolidge implemented a trading strategy in elderly customers’ Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs) and individual accounts to switch mutual funds and unit investment trusts (UITs) to other mutual funds or UITs after holding the investments for a short time period. For one of these customers, in the customer’s IRA account, Coolidge effected mutual fund and UIT purchases and sales in the account after holding the investments for a short time period. Given the customers’ age, investment objectives, and risk profile or annual income, Coolidge’s recommendations were not suitable and were inconsistent with their account objectives. The elderly customers incurred losses totaling $195,127.37 and paid commissions totaling $168,091.21. ( FINRA Case #2012032916701)

According to FINRA records Coolidge, who is not currently registered, worked for Stifel, Nicolaus & Company from 3/2008-6/2012.

If you have questions about the way your brokerage account has been handled, call to speak with an experienced securities attorney. 

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