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Guggenheim Defined Portfolio Trust is Too Risky for Many Retail Investors 

If you suffered losses after investing in the Guggenheim Defined Portfolio’s BDC Scorecard Portfolio Series 18 (CBDRX), our broker negligence and investment fraud attorneys at Shepherd Smith Edwards and Kantas would like to talk to you. 

Unfortunately, this investment may have been recommended and/or sold to customers even when it was unsuitable for their portfolios. If this is the case, you may be able to recover your losses by filing a FINRA arbitration claim. 

FINRA Bars Former Registered Representative Following Probe Into Accusations

Bryant Edwin Caveness, an ex-Ameriprise Financial Services stockbroker, has been barred by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) after he stopped cooperating in the self-regulatory organization (SRO)’s probe into his firing by the firm. 

According to his Form U5 termination letter, the broker-dealer let him go last month because he violated company policies involving “personal trade, ethics, and solicitation of exchange-traded products” resulting in stockbroker fraud and misconduct. 

Former National Securities Stockbroker Named in Over 12 Customer Disputes

Thomas Edison Kelly, Jr., an Aegis Capital broker, has been the subject of a number of customer complaints between 2013 and 2020, three of which are still pending. 

Prior to working for Aegis Capital in 2018, Kelly was a National Securities broker for 10 years. Before that, he was with First Republic Group from 1998 to 2008. First Republic was expelled by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) in 2019. According to a 2017 Reuters report analyzing FINRA data, National Securities is one of 48 firms that hire brokers with red flags on their record.

Former Financial Representative Is Facing Criminal Trial for Annuity Fraud 

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) has fined Northwestern Mutual Investment Services $350K for failing to properly supervise former stockbroker, Sampson Pearson, which enabled him to defraud customers of $570K. Northwestern Mutual Investment Services is the brokerage arm of Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Co.

Pearson, who was barred by the self-regulatory organization (SRO) in 2017, is charged in federal court with aggravated identity theft, mail fraud, and filing false tax returns. According to his BrokerCheck record, he is named in 13 disclosures, including 11 customer disputes. 

Ex-New Hampshire Governor is Suing For Damages 

The New Hampshire Bureau of Securities Regulation is looking into allegations brought by the state’s former governor, Craig Benson, who is accusing ex-Merrill Lynch brokers Dermod Cavanaugh and Charles Kenahan of churning his account and causing over $50M in damages that with market adjustments, he claims, is now over $100M. Benson filed a Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) arbitration claim against the broker-dealer and the two men.

Merrill Lynch is a Bank of America (BAC) subsidiary. Churning is when a broker makes excessive trades in a customer’s account in order to earn commissions.

Dually Registered Rep. Faces Multiple FINRA Arbitration Claims by Investors 

Kerri Suzanne Jamison, a Newbridge Securities Corp. and Newbridge Financial Services Group stockbroker, is currently the subject of pending complaints by customers who claim they lost money because of investment recommendations she made. 

Jamison, who has worked under the names Kerri Lasegue and Kerri Romero, is one of several of the firm’s registered representatives to become the subject of stockbroker fraud claims in recent years. According to her BrokerCheck record, Jamison has been named in four customer disputes. One was settled, and three, which were filed this year, are still pending:

Business Development Company May Have Been Unsuitable For Some Investors 

If you are an investor who suffered losses after your stockbroker recommended the Franklin Square KKR Capital II Fund (FSKR), also known as FS KKR Capital Corp II, you may have grounds for pursuing a broker fraud claim for damages. 

This business development company (BDC), which is a merger of four non-traded BDCs, reportedly was unsuitably recommended to a number of customers and/or the risks were never fully disclosed to them.

Diamond and Other Kalos Capital Brokers Are Accused of Broker Fraud 

Arni Diamond, who is now a registered representative with Dempsey Lord Smith,  is currently the subject of a pending $200K broker fraud claim accusing him of making unsuitable alternative investment recommendations reportedly while he was a Kalos Capital broker. 

Diamond is one of a number of financial representatives currently or formerly associated with Kalos who has been accused of marketing securities products to investors even when they were inappropriate for them.

Elderly Investor Alleges Unsuitable Investment Recommendations Caused REIT Losses

An Oklahoma retiree is seeking up to $500K in damages for investment losses she suffered while working with Kovack Securities broker, Susan Penney. 

The claimant contends that Penney and the broker-dealer misled her and made unsuitable recommendations when they persuaded her to invest a huge portion of her portfolio in non-public Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) and other risky investments that an inexperienced investor like her should never have been involved in.

Fired Wells Fargo Representative is Barred by FINRA

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) announced this month that it is barring former Wells Fargo Advisors Financial Network broker, Leonard Charles Kinsman, from the industry. 

The ban comes after Kinsman refused to testify in the self-regulatory organization’s (SRO’s) probe into his firing by Wells Fargo (WFC) for allegedly “unprofessional conduct.” Kinsman was named last year in an investor fraud claim accusing him of making unsuitable investment recommendations and forging and falsifying business records. That customer dispute has now been settled for $995K.  

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