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30450 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Letter of Admonition
Keyword(s): Books and Records; Conflict of Interest; Disclosure to Clients; Client's Best Interest
Standard(s) Violated: Article Article 3(d); 4.4; 4.3; 2.2(b); 1.4; Article 3(a)
Matter Type(s): Regulatory Action; CFP Board
Decision Date: 10/02/2017
Summary:

Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he failed to: (a) seek best execution for clients when investing them in share classes that charged 12b-1 fees despite the availability of corresponding share classes without the fees; (b) disclose in his firm’s Forms ADV and advisory agreements the conflicts of interest that existed regarding his recommendations to clients of mutual funds that contained 12b-1 fees; and (c) perform required annual compliance reviews.


26505 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Letter of Admonition
Keyword(s): Unauthorized Transaction; Diligence
Standard(s) Violated: Article 701; 607; 606(b); 202; 201
Matter Type(s): FINRA Arbitration
Decision Date: 04/30/2013
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he effectuated a series of withdrawals totaling approximately $22,000 from Client’s 401(k) account based solely on the oral instructions of her husband, despite Respondent’s previous assurances to Client that her husband had no access to the account, resulting in surrender penalties of almost $500, as well as income taxes on the withdrawals and a 10% early withdrawal penalty.

24933 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Letter of Admonition
Keyword(s): Disclosure to Clients; Fitness; Customer Complaints; Unauthorized Transaction; Professionalism; Diligence
Standard(s) Violated: Article Article 3(a); 4.4; 6.5; 2.2(b)
Matter Type(s): Client Dissatisfaction
Decision Date: 06/21/2011
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he: 1) made unauthorized trades by liquidating a deceased client’s trust account causing the trust to incur commissions; 2) was unaware that the bank trustee could have contacted the broker-dealer directly to avoid transaction costs; and 3) agreed to accept $200,000 as a beneficiary of the client’s trust account, while maintaining his role advisor to the trust.

27735 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Letter of Admonition
Keyword(s): Suitability; Fraud Related to Professional Activity; Professionalism; Disclosure to Clients; Client's Best Interest; Customer Complaints
Standard(s) Violated: Article 202; 606(b); 201; 703; 607
Matter Type(s): Client Dissatisfaction
Decision Date: 05/14/2014
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when she: 1) recommended that a client, a risk-adverse retiree, invest $100,000 into The Fund, an investment that Respondent described as a partnership, but which was in actuality a hedge fund; 2) failed to disclose the conflict of interest that existed as a result of Respondent’s role as Advisor for The Fund; 3) recommended The Fund to Grievant although Respondent when the client may not have met the requirements to be an accredited investor; and 4) denied any remunerative connection to The Fund, despite her advisory role.

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