February 2018-Stuart, NE
The FINRA records of Jay Alan Wallinger , a stockbroker who was formerly employed by VSR Financial Services disclose the recent settlement of a customer dispute involving an alleged overconcentration of unsuitable investments.
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 FINRA Case 16-03696, a customer of VSR Financial Services brought a claim over equipment leasing investments. The amount of damages sought was not stated but the customer alleged that the concentration level of this type of investment was too high and unsuitable, given the customer’s investment objectives and risk tolerance.
FINRA records indicate that the customer was paid $330,000 to resolve the case in January 2018.
Wallinger was employed by VSR FInancial Services from 9/1993-9/2016. He is currently employed by Summit Brokerage Services and discloses a business affiliation with Wallinger Financial Services LLC.
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, equipment leasing investments, commodities and derivatives contracts and, managed futures. These investments tend to be complex, illiquid, non-transparent, 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.
Non liquid investments are generally not suitable for retirees who are seeking steady and dependable income.
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.
If you have losses in an account in an account handled by Jay A. Wallinger 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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