Category Archives: Concentrated Positions

Scott Palmer- Former Janney Montgomery Broker-Subject of Numerous Customer Suits Involving Energy Sector Investments-Hackensack, NJ

April 2018-Hackensack, New Jersey

The FINRA records of  Scott W. Palmer  ,  a currently unregistered broker who last worked for Janney Montgomery Scott disclose 5 pending and 6 prior customer disputes. Many of these customer disputes allege an overconcentration of energy sector investments.

In April 2018, Palmer refused a FINRA request to appear for testimony in connection with a FINRA investigation into potential suitability violations related to investment recommendations made to customers of Janney Montgomery Scott.  As a result of his refusal to cooperate with the investigation he was barred from the securities industry by FINRA.

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 one of the currently pending FINRA arbitrations-# 18-0413,  a customer of Janney Montgomery Scott alleges that Palmer made unsuitable investments and over concentrated their accounts with energy investments. Damages of $500,000 are alleged.

Palmer was employed by Janney Montgomery from 3/2007-6/2017. In 5/2017 Palmer was permitted to resign from Janney Montgomery Scott due to a loss of confidence related to complaint disclosure history.

If you have losses in an account in an account handled by Scott W. Palmer , contact us for a no charge consultation to discuss how you may be able to recover damages for those losses through FINRA arbitration.

Brokers have a duty to make suitable recommendations to their customers taking into account the age, health, and risk tolerance of the customer.

Rex Securities Law , with offices in Boca Raton, FL,  and  Austin, TX,   provides representation to  investors  nationwide who are seeking recovery of investment losses due to the negligence or fraud of stockbrokers and broker dealers. If you have questions about how your account has been handled, call to speak with an experienced securities attorney.

Most cases handled on a contingent fee basis meaning that you do not pay legal fees unless we are successful.

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TollFree: 877-224-3199

Florida-561 391 1900 

Texas-512-329-2870

Aaron Brodt-Former Accelerated Capital Group Broker-Subject of Customer Suits Alleging Unsuitable Investments-Scottsdale, AZ

March 2018-Scottsdale, AZ

The FINRA records of Aaron Paul Brodt  , an advisor with Ashton Thomas Private Wealth who is currently a registered stockbroker with  Peachcap (Peachtree Capital Corp.)  disclose a currently pending customer dispute and 3 prior final customer disputes.

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 #16-2532,  a client alleged damages of $100,000 for recommending a debt-asset backed investment purchased in May 2015. The customer alleged the recommendation was unsuitable. That case settled for $58,333.

In a second similar case in 2016 , a customer alleged that  Brodt recommended a debt-asset backed investment  in May and October of 2015 that was also unsuitable. That case was settled for $116,667.

In the currently pending matter, FINRA Case 17-1178, a customer of Brodt’s prior employer, Accelerated Capital Group alleges negligence, over concentration, breach of fiduciary duty and failure to supervise in connection with the recommendation to purchase alternative investments. The customer seeks damages of $340,000.

Alternative investments include non publicly traded real estate investment trusts (REITS)  and limited partnerships (oil and gas and equipment leasing) . It may also include art, wine, antiques, coins or stamps. 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. They are generally not suitable for retirees who are seeking to protect from the loss of capital.

Brodt has been registered with Peachcap since 7/2016. Prior to that he was registered with Accelerated Capital Group 2/2012-5/2016.

If you have questions about an account handled by Aaron Brodt, call for a no charge consultation to discuss your options.

Rex Securities Law , with offices in Boca Raton, FL,  and  Austin, TX,   provides representation to  investors  nationwide who are seeking recovery of investment losses due to the negligence or fraud of stockbrokers and broker dealers. If you have questions about how your account has been handled, call to speak with an experienced securities attorney.

Most cases handled on a contingent fee basis meaning that you do not pay legal fees unless we are successful.

Nationwide Representation

Rex Securities Law

TollFree: 877-224-3199

Florida-561 391 1900 

Texas-512-329-2870

Walter M. Stucker-Former UBS Stockbroker-Subject of Customer Suit Over Oil & Gas Investments-Fort Worth, TX

March 2018- Fort Worth, Texas

The FINRA records of Walter M. Stucker , a stockbroker who until 5/2017 was  employed by UBS Financial Services , disclose  a currently pending customer dispute involving energy securities.

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 December 2017 a customer of Stucker’s prior employer, UBS Financial Services, brought a complaint alleging misrepresentation, suitability issues and over concentration in oil and gas limited partnerships. The customer seeks damages of $632,907.

Stucker was employed by UBS Financial Services  from 4/2008-5/2017. He has been employed by Wells Fargo Clearing Services since 5/2017.

If you have questions about an account handled by Walter M. Stucker contact us for a no charge consultation to learn how you may be able to recover damages through FINRA arbitration.

Rex Securities Law , with offices in Boca Raton, FL,  and  Austin, TX,   provides representation to  investors  nationwide who are seeking recovery of investment losses due to the negligence or fraud of stockbrokers and broker dealers. If you have questions about how your account has been handled, call to speak with an experienced securities attorney.

Most cases handled on a contingent fee basis meaning that you do not pay legal fees unless we are successful.

Nationwide Representation

Rex Securities Law

National Toll Free: 877-224-3199

Florida-561 391 1900 

Texas-512-329-2870

Sanders Spangler-Former LPL Financial Broker-Barred From Securities Industry-San Antonio, TX

March 2018-San Antonio, Texas

On March 26, 2018, former LPL Financial stockbroker  Sanders Spangler was permanently barred from the securities industry by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA).

In connection with a FINRA investigation into potential unauthorized trading in five customers’ accounts, FINRA requested that Spangler appear for on the record testimony pursuant to FINRA Rule 8210. Spangler acknowledged receiving the request and stated that he will not cooperate with the investigation.

By refusing to appear for on the record testimony Spangler violated FINRA Rules 8210 and 2010 and was barred from associating with any FINRA member in any capacity.

The FINRA records of Sanders Spangler disclose 1 pending and 4 prior customer disputes, including:

  • August 2017-a customer of LPL Financial alleged unauthorized trading, poor account performance from 1/2012-5/2017. The case was settled for $20,000.
  • July 2017-a customer of LPL Financial alleged that discretion was used in the account resulting in poor performance for the period from 10/2009-4/2017. The case was settled for $40,000.
  • June 2017-a customer of LPL Financial alleged poor investment performance  for the time period of 3/9/16-6/16/16 and claimed damages of $500,000. That case was settled for $500,000
  • December 2017-a customer of LPL Financial alleged unsuitable investments made without client knowledge and damages of $100,000-$500,000. That case (FINRA Case 17-1513) was settled for $225,000.

In currently pending FINRA case 17-02661 a customer of LPL is alleging that Spangler over concentrated their accounts with energy stocks and that the account was liquidated without the client’s knowledge. In addition the customer alleges that Spangler altered monthly statements. Damages are unspecified.

 

In February 2017 Spangler was discharged by LPL Financial. LPL made the following allegation on Spangler’s  FINRA record:“Exercising discretionary power in customer account(s) in violation of firm policy. ” Spangler had worked for  LPL Financial since 10/2005.

Brokers have a responsibility to make suitable recommendations to customers, taking into account their age, net worth, investment experience and risk tolerance. Oil and gas investments can be very risky and over concentrating the account of a retiree in such investments is generally not appropriate.

If you have losses in an account in an account handled by Sanders Spangler , you may be able to recover damages through FINRA arbitration. Call for a no charge consultation.

 

Rex Securities Law , with offices in Boca Raton, FL,  and  Austin, TX,   provides representation to  investors  nationwide who are seeking recovery of investment losses due to the negligence or fraud of stockbrokers and broker dealers. If you have questions about how your account has been handled, call to speak with an experienced securities attorney.

Most cases handled on a contingent fee basis meaning that you do not pay legal fees unless we are successful.

Nationwide Representation

Rex Securities Law

TollFree: 877-224-3199

Florida-561 391 1900 

Texas-512-329-2870