Category Archives: Excessive use of margin borrowing

Mitchell Yanow-Former Stifel Nicolaus Broker-Discharged Over Allegations of Misappropriation of Customer Funds-Boca Raton, FL

June 2018- Boca Raton, FL

The FINRA records of Mitchell T. Yanow  , a stock broker who is not currently registered  disclose  that he was recently discharged by Stifel, Nicolaus & Co. and the settlement of a customer dispute.

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 May 2018, Yanow was discharged by Stifel Nicolaus, who alleged that Yanow “took money from a client account for his personal use without authority”.

Yanow had been employed by Stifel Nicolaus since 4/2015. Prior to that he was employed by Oppenheimer & Co. 

In 9/2015 a customer of Yanow/Oppenheimer was paid $144,000 to resolve allegations that their account was charged excessive commissions and margin interest.

If you have questions about  an account handled by Mitchell Yanow, call 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.

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TollFree: 877-224-3199

Florida-561 391 1900 

Texas-512-329-2870

William M. Robertson-Former First Allied Securities Broker-Subject of $22M Customer Dispute-Deer Park, TX

April 2018- Deer Park, Texas

According to FINRA records,  William M. Robertson , a currently unregistered broker who last worked for First Allied Securities, discloses a currently pending dispute in which a customer seeks damages of $22 million.

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 January 2018 a customer of First Allied Securities and First Allied Advisory Services alleged that from 2008-2014, Robertson recommended unsuitable investments and failed to disclose risk associated with investment recommendations. Claims include breach of fiduciary duty, misrepresentations and failure to supervise. Damages are alleged to be $22 million. 

According to Robertson’s FINRA record, in 5/2010, a customer of First Allied Securities was paid $110,000 to resolve allegations that their account had been churned, was traded without authority, and had improper use of margin borrowing. FINRA Case #09-3968.

Robertson was registered with First Allied Securities from 10/2000-12/2016. He discloses business affiliations with Robertson Wealth Management, Advanced Financial Services, and was host of the Straight Talk Money radio show.

If you have questions about an account handled by William M. Robertson,  contact us for a no charge consultation to discuss your options and to learn how you may be able to recover damages for account losses 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

TollFree: 877-224-3199

Florida-561 391 1900 

Texas-512-329-2870

Finra Arbitration Filed vs Cesar Hurtado’s Employer-Oppenheimer-Miami, FL

October 2017-Miami, Florida

We recently submitted a FINRA arbitration claim against Oppenheimer & Co.  on behalf of a non- U.S. resident individual and a Bahamian trust, alleging that  recommendations made for the management of retirement funds by Miami-based Oppenheimer broker Cesar Hurtado  were unsuitable and that the accounts were traded excessively.

In addition our clients allege that they were improperly advised by the Oppenheimer broker on other financial matters, including trusts established and managed by Nassau-based former Oppenheimer affiliate , CIBC Trust Company.

Our clients allege that Oppenheimer was negligent and failed to properly supervise broker Hurtado and are seeking damages in excess of $1 million.

According to FINRA records,  Hurtado has been employed by  Oppenheimer & Co since 2003.

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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

Northeast Securities Ordered to Pay Former Customer $1.8 Million-Mitchelfield, NY

July 2017-New York

An arbitration panel of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) ordered Northeast Securities, Inc. a broker dealer headquartered in  Mitchelfield , NY, and three of their brokers to pay a former customer nearly $1.8 million dollars in a case involving investments in corporate bonds. The customer alleged common law fraud, churning, breach of fiduciary duty, misrepresentation, failure to supervise, improper use of margin borrowing and other claims.

The all public FINRA arbitration panel assessed the award jointly and severally against Northeast Securities and brokers Stephen J. Perrone, Diane Hawkins and Jonathan M. Zucker. In addition the panel awarded interest of 9% on the award from March 2012 until the award is paid and expert witness fees of nearly $34,000. McLaughlin v Northeast Securities, et al, FINRA Case 16-1806.

If you have suffered losses in your brokerage account due to the fraud or negligence of your stockbroker, we may be able to help you recover damages through FINRA arbitration, a process that is generally much quicker and less costly than court litigation.

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