By Robert H. Rex, Esq.
The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) fined PNC Investments, Inc. $275,000 in February 2014 for supervisory and compliance inadequacies related to the sale of leveraged, inverse and inverse-leveraged Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs). In addition FINRA ordered the company to pay restitution of over $33,000 to certain customers.
FINRA found that PNC failed to establish and maintain a supervisory system reasonably designed to achieve compliance with applicable NASD and/or FINRA rules in connection with the sale of the ETFs. FINRA stated that non-traditional ETFs have certain risks that are not found in traditional ETFs, such as risks associated with a daily reset, leverage and compounding. The performance of non-traditional ETFs over longer periods of time can differ significantly from the performance of their underlying index or benchmark, especially in volatile markets.
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