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Are You An Investor Who Suffered Losses While Working With a Western International Securities Financial Advisor?

Our FINRA Lawyers Are Investigating Ex-Western International Securities Broker Daniel Beech

Over the past year, Shepherd Smith Edwards and Kantas, a Broker-dealer Arbitration Law Firm, (investorlawyers.com) have filed FINRA lawsuits on behalf of investors seeking to recover financial losses allegedly caused by the allegedly negligent actions of Western International Securities and a number of its financial advisors. We are also continuing to investigate the brokerage firm and its registered representatives for allegedly unsuitably recommending GWG Holdings L Bonds and other high-risk investments to retail customers and retirees.

SSEK Broker Dealer Negligence Attorneys Helping Northstar Financial Services Investors

Are You A Japanese Investor Whose US-Based Broker Sold You Northstar Financial Services (Bermuda) Products?

Retired Couple Files FINRA Lawsuit Against Bankoh Investment Services and Broker Yoko Farias

Are You an Investor Who Suffered losses in Aegis Capital-Underwritten YayYo IPO?

Broker-Dealer Faces Investor Fraud, Negligence, and Misrepresentation Allegations 

If you are an investor who took part in an initial public offering (SPO) sold by Aegis Capital Corp. and you suffered investment losses, you may want to consider exploring your legal options. Stock IPOs are often marketed by brokerage firms as significant opportunities for investors, but that doesn’t always prove to be the case.

Ex-NPB Financial Group Advisor Has Six Disputes On BrokerCheck Record

If you suffered losses while working with former NPB Financial Group registered representative Neal Edwin Nakagiri, you might have grounds for a Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) arbitration claim to pursue damages from the firm. Nakagiri, who has worked for four decades in the industry, has been named in at least six customer complaints. 

According to his LinkedIn, Nakagiri is President and managing owner of NPB Financial Group. He was also a registered broker and investment advisor with the firm from 2006 until March 2022. 

SEC Approves New FINRA Rule That Will Designate Some Brokerage Firms as “Restricted”

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) rule 4111, which will require certain brokerage firm members with histories of broker misconduct to put aside reserve funds to pay for both future and unpaid investor claims, has now been approved by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

These broker-dealers will be deemed “restricted” based on numeric thresholds to be determined by the self-regulatory organization (SRO) that involve six conditions including disclosure events involving the firm or its registered individuals, firings, and affiliated registered individuals from broker-dealers that already have been expelled.

San Diego-Based Brokerage Firm Under Scrutiny Over Sierra Income Sales

LPL Financial Holdings (LPLA), the largest independent brokerage firm in the United States, has finalized its acquisition of Lucia Securities, a San Diego-based broker-dealer and registered investment advisor. With over $1.5B in assets, Lucia Securities and its advisors will operate under the name Lucia Capital Group. 

Even prior to the acquisition, our San Diego broker fraud attorneys at Shepherd Smith Edwards and Kantas (SSEK Law Firm at Investorlawyers.com) were investigating Lucia Securities over its sale of Sierra Income Corporation investments to customers. LPL Financial also used to market and sell investments in this nontraded business development company (BDC) to investors but stopped.

Coastal Equities Has Been The Subject of $3M in Investor Arbitration Claims

Coastal Equities, a mid-sized broker-dealer, recently arrived at a settlement with the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) in which it agreed to give $280K in restitution to several customers. The firm is accused of failing to reasonably supervise one of its registered representatives, who recommended trades that were allegedly excessive and unsuitable. Those who were harmed were retirees and senior investors.

It was just last year that Coastal Equities said in its filing with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) that investors had submitted $3M in arbitration claims against the firm. 

Office of the Comptroller of the Currency Accuses Bank of Inadequate Internal Controls  

JPMorgan Chase Bank has been ordered to pay a $250M penalty. The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) contends that the bank engaged in “unsafe and unsound practices” related to its internal controls and an internal audit of fiduciary duties. 

With fiduciary assets of $29.1 trillion, JPMorgan has one of the biggest and complex fiduciary businesses. It offers many types of investment strategies via different investment vehicles to its clients. The Bank is not denying or admitting to the agency’s findings.

Morgan Stanley Fires Financial Advisors After Inherited Account Credits Investigation

Morgan Stanley (MS) announced recently that it has terminated a number of financial advisors after a months-long investigation into payments being made to retired Morgan Stanley financial advisors under Morgan Stanley’s own Legacy Account Payments Program. 

Morgan Stanley’s “sunset plan” allows brokers who are retiring from the firm to split fees and commissions with brokers who inherit the retiring broker’s accounts.  

Colorado Investment Firm Fined $200K For Investing Unqualified Buyers Into Unsuitable Investments 

The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has ordered First Western Capital Management Co. to pay a $200K fine over allegations that, over a 7-year period, it invested over $666M of clients’ funds into securities that they didn’t qualify for. As a result, 81 clients were placed in securities that were reserved for qualified institutional buyers (QIBs), which are investors that have at least $100M in assets.

The firm is a Denver-based investment adviser. Our Colorado investment fraud lawyers at Shepherd Smith Edwards and Kantas are offering free case consultations to customers that were harmed by these unsuitable investment recommendations and sales that the SEC says were initiated by at least nine of First Western’s investment adviser representatives. Contact us today at (720) 439-2827

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