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Robert B. Hardcastle-Former VSR Financial Broker-Discloses Settlement of Customer Disputes-Chesterfield, MO.

September 2016-Chesterfield, MO

The FINRA records of  Robert B. Hardcastle,  a  stockbroker who was formerly employed by  VSR Financial Services  disclose 11 prior customer disputes that are final.

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.

Hardcastle discloses that he has settled 4 customer disputes , including:

  • NASD Case 5-5562- customer alleged that Hardcastle, while employed by National Securities Corporation, made unsuitable investments in mutual funds and alleged damages of $300,000. The case was settlement for $130,000.
  • NASD Case 5-4574-customer alleged that Hardcastle, while employed by National Securities Corporation, made unsuitable, over concentrated investments in high risk aggressive stocks and claimed damages of $675,000. The case was settled for $100,000.

Hardcastle is currently employed by Summit Brokerage Services. His prior employment history includes:

  • VSR Financial Services 6/2004-9/2016
  • WS Griffith Securities 9/1999-6/2004

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, commodities and derivatives contracts and, managed futures. It may also include art, wine, antiques, coins or stamps. These investments tend to be complex, illiquid, nontransparent, 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.

If you have losses in an account in an account handled by Robert B. Hardcastle or VSR Financial Services , contact us to discuss how you may be able to recover damages for those losses.


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