Bethel Fisher Discloses SEC Investigation and Customer Lawsuits

June 2020

Cedar Rapids based Berthel Fisher & Company Financial Services, Inc. discloses that the company is being investigated by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) regarding whether the company   breached its fiduciary duties by receiving SEC Rule 12b-1 fees from mutual funds and other fees in investment advisory accounts. Berthel discloses that they may be facing costs of up to $600,000 in connection with the SEC investigation.

In addition Berthel discloses that they are currently defending customer lawsuits seeking damages from  ranging $40,000 to $4.6 million, for which it  has reserved $1.8 million.

Berthel Fisher has been the subject of several recent regulatory sanctions, including:

  • FINRA assessed a fine of $675,000 and censured Berthel over its sales of non traded REITs and other alternative investments.
  • New Hampshire regulators sanctioned Berthel over $400,000 in fines, restitution and costs in connection with unsuitable sales of Unit Investmetn Trusts (UITs)

Link to Berthel Fisher’s recent Financials

Link to Berthel Fisher’s FINRA CRD

If you have questions about an account handled by Berthel Fisher, call to learn your options.

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