Category Archives: Mutual Fund Switching

Triad Advisors to Pay $194,000 in Fines and Restitution for Allowing Churning of Accounts

February 2020-Norcross, GA

FINRA reports that Triad Advisors,LLC,  a national, independent broker-dealer and multi-custodial SEC-Registered Investment Advisor, headquartered in Atlanta, has been fined and ordered to pay restitution to customers totalling $194,000 for inadequate supervision of its brokers who engaged in short term trading of mutual funds and variable annuities.

This practice is known as churning or switching and is generally done by financial advisors to generate commissions. According to regulators, “from June 2015 through December 2017, Triad failed to establish, maintain, and enforce reasonable supervisory procedures that were reasonably designed to identify possible inappropriate rates of VA exchanges” FINRA noted, adding that over time Triad had also fallen short in filing the necessary disclosures related to customer arbitrations and complaints.

At the time covered by the Finra settlement, Triad was owned by Ladenburg Thalmann Financial Services Inc.

Poor supervision of broker dealers is a longstanding issue for the retail securities industry.   

In 2016, MetLife Securities was hammered with a $25 million fine by FINRA for their enormous compliance failings when changing clients from one annuity to another.

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

George Sefanou-Edward Jones Broker-Discloses Settlement of Customer Dispute

August  2016-Orlando / The Villages, Florida

The FINRA records of George Sefanou ,  a  stock broker who is currently employed by Edward Jones  , disclose a recently settled 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 FINRA Case 15-0387, a customer of Edward Jones alleged that Stefanou’s recommendation to transfer their retirement accounts to Edward Jones was unsuitable in that the transfer caused tax consequences and penalties. They also alleged that Stefanou failed to calculate properly IRS Code Section 72T distributions and that a recommendation to purchase mutual funds was unsuitable due to high fees associated with the purchase. That case was recently settled for $50,000.

Stefanou has been employed by Edward Jones since 8/2009.

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

Unsuitable Mutual Fund Switching Leads to Fine/Suspension for Stuart, FL, Stock Broker

January 6, 2016- Stuart, Florida

Jeffrey Davidson entered into a Letter of Acceptance Waiver and Consent (AWC) with the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) to resolve allegations that while associated with American Portfolio Financial Services in Stuart, FL,  he recommended 49 unsuitable mutual fund switch transactions in 12 customer accounts.

According to the AWC one of the customers involved was 97 years old. Five other customers were 65 years of age or older. All the purchases involved A shares which  Davidson recommended be sold within less than a year of purchase.

Class A shares generally have significant up front costs and are designed to be held long term.

AWC No.  20130394827-02

Davidson  was fined $10,000 and suspended from association with any FINRA member in any and all capacities for three months.

According to FINRA records Davidson has been registered with American Portfolios Financial Services since 1/2009.

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

John D. Wiswell-American Financial Portfolios Services Broker Sanctioned by Regulators-Stuart, FLA

December 30, 2015- Stuart, Florida

John D. Wiswell entered into a Letter of Acceptance Waiver and Consent (AWC) with the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) to resolve allegations that while associated with American Portfolio Financial Services in Jensen Beach, FL,  he failed to supervise the activities of a registered representative to prevent unsuitable mutual fund switching.

AWC No.  20130394827-01

Wiswell was fined $5,000 and suspended from association with any FINRA member in any principal capacity for 15 days.

According to FINRA records Wisell has been registered with American Portfolios Financial Services since 9/2007.

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