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If you are an investor that has lost money because of an unsuitable margin call in your investment account, you may have grounds for filing a Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) arbitration claim to try and recover your losses. Unfortunately, a lot of investors may not understand what they are getting into when they open a margin account.

What is A Margin Account?

Margin accounts are not suitable for every investor, especially those that can’t handle too much risk. A customer that sets up with a margin account with a broker is indicating that he or she may want to borrow money later on down the road. With a margin account, you are essentially providing the securities and money in your margin account as collateral for this possible loan. Should you decide to borrow the money to buy securities, a broker is then allowed to sell your assets if necessary to fulfill the margin loan.

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) has barred Wells Fargo (WFC) broker Edward O. Daniel, after he failed to participate in a probe into allegations that he made unsuitable investments for one client. Daniel, a Texas-based broker, was with Wells Fargo Advisers for seven years before he stepped down in September 2016. He was a longtime broker of 41 years.

Soon after Daniel resignation two years ago, Wells Fargo disclosed that a customer had filed an arbitration complaint accusing him of making unsuitable investments over a several-year period. The dispute was resolved for $225K. His BrokerCheck record documents that Daniel has been named in eight disclosures, all involving complaints by customers.

Now, FINRA is barring him because he would not cooperate in the self-regulatory authority’s investigation into the unsuitable investment allegations.

A Financial Industry Regulatory Authority securities arbitration panel ruled that Wells Fargo Advisors (WFC) must pay investor Anthony J. Pryor $357K related to purportedly unsuitable housing and energy investments. In his securities fraud claim, Pryor alleged negligent misrepresentation, negligent supervision, breach of fiduciary, and other causes. Wells Fargo denies Pryor’s allegations.

His advisor, Jeff Wilson, who was not named as a party in the securities arbitration case, has three customer disputes on his BrokerCheck record. One of the other claims that were settled for $250K also allegedly involving unsuitable investments.

Unsuitable Investments

Not every investment is suitable for every investor. Some investments may too be risky for certain investors or are not in alignment with their investment goals or financial needs. For example, many older retail investors that are about to retire will likely require a more conservative investment plan that a much younger, single investor.

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