April 2017-Arlington, MA
The FINRA records of John G. Lewis III , a stockbroker who is currently employed by Summit Brokerage Services disclose a pending customer dispute over investments in United Development Funding.
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 12/2016 a customer filed a claim seeking an unstated amount of damages on investments in various United Development Funding investments: UDF II, UDF III, UDF IV and UDF V.
United Development Funding’s Office Raided by the FBI-for more information on recent problems for UDF, follow this link.
Lewis has been employed by Summit Brokerage Services since 9/2016. Prior to that he was employed by VSR Financial Services from 5/2005-9/2016.
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 . 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. 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.
VSR wound down operations at the end of 2016 and transferred most of their brokers and customer accounts to Summit Brokerage Services. See this for more information regarding VSR Financial Services.
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