April 2017-Clear Lake, IA
The FINRA records of Thomas W. Bodensteiner , a stockbroker who was formerly employed by VSR Financial Services disclose a pending customer dispute over an investment in United Development Funding IV (UDF).
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.
Bodensteiner , who operates Bodensteiner Investments in Clear Lake, IA, discloses that FINRA arbitration 17-0314 was filed by a VSR Financial Services customer in 2/2017. The customer alleges damages of $50,000 for unsuitability, negligence and misrepresentation related to the investment in United Development Funding IV.
The offices of UDF were raided by the FBI in 2016. See this for more information on United Development Funding.
Bodensteiner was registered with VSR Financial Services from 10/2001-09/2016 and is currently registered with Summit Brokerage Services, a related entity .
VSR wound down operations at the end of 2016. See this for more information regarding VSR Financial Services.
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 similar to United Development Funding. 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 in an account handled by Thomas W. Bodensteiner or another broker who was employed by VSR Financial Services , contact us to discuss how you may be able to recover damages for those losses.
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