Category Archives: Options

Mason W. Gann-Former Berthel Fisher Broker-Subject of Customer Dispute Over Account Losses-Dallas, TX

April 2018- Dallas, TX

The FINRA records of Mason W. Gann, a stockbroker who is not currently registered with any broker dealer and who was last employed by Berthel Fisher and Co. , disclose a recent regulatory event resulting in suspension, a currently pending customer dispute, a prior customer dispute , a termination from employment and an outstanding tax lien.

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 April 2018, FINRA suspended Mason Gann for 20 business days and fined him $5,000 to resolve allegations that he exercised discretion in six customers’ accounts without obtaining written approval from the customers or his firm.

In January 2018 a customer of Berthel Fisher filed a complaint seeking damages of $200,000 alleging concern about being able to support his future income requirements alleging that investments in his account are unsuitable for his risk level and alleging that Gann placed unauthorized trades in his account. The investments at issue are equities, options, unit investment trusts and ETFs.

Gann was employed with Berthel Fisher since 6/2012. In February 2018, Gann was discharged by Berthel Fisher who made the following allegation on Gann’s BrokerCheck report: “Terminated for possible violation of terms of heightened supervision”. 

Gann discloses an outstanding judgment/lien in favor of the Internal Revenue Service in the amount of $54,157.

If you have losses in an account handled by Mason Gann 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.

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National Toll Free: 877-224-3199

Florida-561 391 1900 

Texas-512-329-2870

Brandon Stimpson-Former Allegis Investment Broker-Ordered to Pay Customer $400,000 For Option Trading-Logan, Utah

March 2018-Logan, Utah

An all public FINRA arbitration panel recently orderedand former Allegis broker Brandon C. Stimpson to pay a former client over $400,000 for losses suffered on the buying and selling of put options tied to the performance of the Russell 2000 index. The award, which is joint and several, included compensatory damages, interest, costs and attorney fees. Watson v Allegis Investment Services, et al, FINRA Case 16-0343.

The FINRA records of  Brandon Curt Stimpson ,   disclose  a  number of prior and pending customer disputes and a termination from employment.

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 2/2016 a customer of Stimpson and Allegis Investment Advisors was paid $35,000 to resolve allegations that an option  trade placed in his account was outside the scope of the strategy.

There are currently two pending arbitrations disclosed, seeking a total of $700,000, that relate to option trading.

Stimpson had been employed by Allegis since 5/2014. In 12/2017 he was discharged for failing to follow firm policies and code of ethics. Prior to that he was employed by Signator Financial Services.

 

If you have questions about an account handled by Brandon C. Stimpson, call for a no charge consultation to learn about 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

Steven Yellen-Former Ameriprise Broker-Discloses Discharge from Employment-El Paso, Texas

February 2018 – El Paso, Texas

According to publicly available records Steven T. Yellen , (CRD# 1281663) ,  a  stockbroker who is not currently registered with any broker dealer and who was last employed by Ameriprise Financial Services disclose that he was recently discharged by Ameriprise Financial Services.

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 Ameriprise discharged Yellen and made the following allegation on his FINRA record: “Registered representative was discharged for violations of company policy related to outside business activities and options trading.”

Yellen was the subject of a customer dispute while employed by Morgan Stanley Smith Barney. In 11/2015 Morgan Stanley paid a customer $5,000 to resolve allegations that Yellen did not follow instructions to transfer stocks to their children.

Yellen was employed by Ameriprise Financial Services from 3/2016-1/2018.

If you have questions about an account in an account handled by Steven Yellen , contact us for a no charge consultation to discuss your legal 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

Losses On LJM Preservation and Growth Fund May Be Recoverable

April 2018

We are currently reviewing potential claims for investors who suffered losses in  LJM Preservation and Growth Fund (LJMIX & LJMCX) securities.

Once close to a billion dollars, the LJM Preservation and Growth Fund lost over 80% of its value in the first week of February 2018 and is closed to further investment, according to filings with the US Securities and Exchange Commission.

The fund was managed by Anish Parvataneni and Anthony Caine. According to the firm website the fund invested in long and short options on the S&P 500 Index futures that seek to profit, primarily, from the volatility premium-the spread between implied and realized volatility.

According to analysts following the fund, the strategy  of the LJM Preservation and Growth Fund was to sell naked put options on S&P futures.

Put Option

A “put” option is a contract granting the right to the buyer to sell a security at a specified price (strike price) , allowing the buyer to hedge a position. The seller of a put option  is betting the price of the security will remain higher than the strike price of the option. If the seller doesn’t own the security on which the option is written, that is called naked option writing and the downside risk is magnified greatly.

If a downward market adjustment occurs, as it did in the first week of February 2018, losses can be catastrophic. These charts show the dramatic drop in value on two of the LJM funds:

Brokers Have Duty to Make Suitable Recommendations

Brokers have a duty to make suitable recommendations taking into account an investor’s health, age, level of financial sophistication , tolerance for risk and investment objectives. For most retirees, a recommendation to invest in an investment that could experience such a dramatic drop in value would not be suitable. Investors may have been unaware of the risks associated with an investment in the LJM Preservation and Growth Fund, given the apparent misuse of the word “Preservation” .

Losses May be Recoverable

If you have losses in the LJM Preservation and Growth Fund and believe you were misled as to the risks, contact for a no charge consultation us to learn how damages may be recoverable 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

Wells Fargo Securities Fined $3.25M For Supervisory Deficiencies

JUNE 2017

Wells Fargo Securities   entered into a Letter of Acceptance, Waiver and Consent (AWC) with the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) to resolve allegations that they failed to report, or had inaccurately reported over-the-counter options trades between 2008 and March 2017.

Although FINRA’s investigation of this issue in 2008 led to an agreement by Wells Fargo to remedy this deficiency, the firm’s reporting system was never fully developed or implemented due to deficient written supervisory procedures.

AWC 20140403261-01

Wells Fargo Securities was censured, assessed a fine of $3.25 million and agreed to an undertaking requiring the firm to review its supervisory systems and take adequate steps to remedy the deficiencies within 120 days.

If you have questions about an account with Wells Fargo Securities , call to learn about your remedies.

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