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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.

29005 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Suspension
Keyword(s): Employer Policy Violation; Fiduciary Duty; Suitability; Disclosure to Clients
Standard(s) Violated: Article 4.6; 102; 1.4; 201; 5.1; 406; 606(b); 4.1; 4.4; 401(a); 606(a); 6.5; 2.2(a); 4.3
Matter Type(s): Other Professional Discipline
Decision Date: 11/20/2014
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when she sold “C” shares to her clients not because they were suitable, but as a method of ensuring that she was paid for her advisory services, and failed to: 1) enter into written advisory agreements with her “C” share advisory clients; 2) provide written disclosures required by Part 2 of Form ADV to her “C” share advisory clients; and 3) provide a complete description of the share class options and fees of mutual funds to her “C” share advisory clients and failed to: 1) ensure that salespersons were making suitable “C” share investment recommendations; 2) enforce the RIA Manual requirement of a written advisory agreement for clients using “C” shares as an advisory fee; and 3) enforce the requirement of delivery of the Disclosure Document. Respondent also failed to reasonably supervise her salespersons by failing to ensure that salespersons were making suitable “C” share investment recommendations. Respondent also failed to report her suspension by State from acting in any principal or supervisory capacity for twelve months to CFP Board within 30 calendar days, in violation of Article 13.2 of the Disciplinary Rules and Procedures (“Disciplinary Rules”).

29019 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Private Censure
Keyword(s): Fee-Only; Commission/Compensation
Standard(s) Violated: Article 6.5; 2.2(a); 2.1
Matter Type(s): Professionalism
Decision Date: 11/20/2014
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct (“Standards”) when he inaccurately disclosed his compensation structure as “fee-only” on CFP Board’s “Find a CFP® Professional” search function.

29042 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Letter of Admonition
Keyword(s): Commission/Compensation; Fee-Only
Standard(s) Violated: Article 2.2(a); 2.1; 6.5
Matter Type(s): Professionalism
Decision Date: 12/08/2014
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he publicly misrepresented his compensation method as “fee only” to clients and prospective clients on CFP Board’s “Find a CFP® Professional” search tool.

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