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27565 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Suspension
Keyword(s): Suitability; Diligence; Client's Best Interest; Professionalism
Standard(s) Violated: Article Article 3(b); Article 3(a); 703; 701; 202; 201
Matter Type(s): Complaint to CFP Board
Decision Date: 06/01/2016
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he failed to exercise reasonable and prudent judgment when he: 1) failed to properly analyze and account for the client’s needs and cash flow, 2) failed to include the costs of the VUL policies, variable annuities and REITs in his 2001 and 2008 financial plans; 3) recommended and sold to the client unsuitable VUL policies, variable annuities and REITs; and 4) placed the bulk of the client’s assets into long-term investments with high fees and expenses although the client’s primary objective was income.

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.


15094 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Suspension
Keyword(s): Misuse of the Marks; Lawsuits Involving Financial Matters; Arbitration; Customer Complaints; Disclosure to Clients; Suitability; Diligence; Professionalism; Misrepresentation
Standard(s) Violated: Article Article 3(a); 607; 601; 201; 704; 606(b); 701; 102
Matter Type(s): FINRA Arbitration
Decision Date: 08/11/2008
Summary: Whether a CFP® certificant violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he: 1) recommended variable annuities to elderly clients; and 2) omitted the registered trademark symbol when referring to CFP® on his letterhead, certification salutations and documents.

15982 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Private Censure
Keyword(s): Diligence; Disclosure to Clients; Fitness; Customer Complaints; Arbitration; Employer Policy Violation; Professionalism
Standard(s) Violated: Article 606(b); 201; 406; 606(a); 607; Article 3(a); 701; 102
Matter Type(s): FINRA Arbitration
Decision Date: 07/23/2010
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he: 1) failed to clarify his lack of involvement in recommending and endorsing a particular investment to his clients; and 2) executed transactions on a client’s behalf without first confirming that the proper written authorization was in place.

16836 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Private Censure
Keyword(s): Diligence; Record-Keeping; Client Neglect; Suitability; Arbitration
Standard(s) Violated: Article 701; 201; Article 3(a)
Matter Type(s): Client Dissatisfaction
Decision Date: 04/07/2008
Summary: Whether a CFP® certificant violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he: 1) implemented an aggressive investment strategy for an elderly client (“Client”); 2) did not inform the Client that she had unrealistic investment expectations; 3) did not review the Client’s accounts after implementing the investment; and 4) did not respond to the Client’s calls.

17262 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Revocation by DEC
Keyword(s): Diligence; Professionalism; Disclosure to CFP Board; Employer Policy Violation; Professional Discipline; Supervision; Arbitration; Customer Complaints
Standard(s) Violated: Article 406; 606(a); 606(b); Article 3(a); Article 3(d); 607; Article 3(e); 201
Matter Type(s): Client Dissatisfaction; FINRA Discipline; FINRA Arbitration
Decision Date: 07/23/2010
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he: 1) allowed a Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”) member firm (“Firm”), of which he was the Chief Compliance Officer, to participate in securities offerings during its suspension without satisfying the requirements of the suspension; 2) allowed a representative of the Firm (“Representative”) to act as a principal when the Representative had been suspended by the National Association of Securities Dealers (“NASD,” now known as FINRA) from acting in any principal capacity; 3) processed commissions from securities offerings through a non-member company; and 4) was subject to three FINRA arbitrations and one state securities division investigation.

17640 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Private Censure
Keyword(s): Diligence; Arbitration; Professionalism
Standard(s) Violated: Article Article 3(a); 701; 201; 406
Matter Type(s): FINRA Arbitration
Decision Date: 10/10/2008
Summary: Whether a candidate for CFP® certification violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he: 1) did not meet with a client (“Client”) regarding a discrepancy in the number of checks written from the Client’s Cash Management Account, which was later found to involve unlawful activity by the Client’s health care aide; and 2) did not bring the matter to his branch manager’s attention.

18767 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Suspension
Keyword(s): Outside Business Activity; Misrepresentation; Professional Discipline; Commission/Compensation; Arbitration
Standard(s) Violated: Article 607; Article 3(a); 701; 406; Article 3(e); Article 3(d); 606(a); 606(b); 102; 201; 202; 405
Matter Type(s): FINRA Arbitration
Decision Date: 04/26/2011
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he violated: 1) sections of the State Securities Act by selling unregistered securities; 2) the 2004 State Securities Board (“SSB”) Undertaking and 2005 SSB Order regarding supervision; 3) the 2004 SSB Undertaking and sections of the State Securities Act by failing to fully complete forms before obtaining client signatures; 4) sections of the State Securities Act by failing to disclose required information on his Form U4 and making material misrepresentations to the State Commissioner; 5) the 2004 SSB Undertaking and 2005 SSB Order by engaging in unsuitable transactions; and 6) National Association of Securities Dealers (“NASD,” now known as the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority or “FINRA”) Conduct Rules by accepting a gift and/or gratuity in excess of $100 and charging clients both investment advisory fees and prohibited commissions.

19075 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Revocation by DEC
Keyword(s): Fiduciary Duty; Professionalism; Commission/Compensation; Disclosure to Clients; Commingling; Suitability; Diligence; Client's Best Interest; Fitness
Standard(s) Violated: Article 402; 610; 607; 703; 103(e); 702(a); Article 3(a); 201; 405; 701; 103(d); 202
Matter Type(s): Client Dissatisfaction; Professionalism; Civil Court
Decision Date: 08/13/2009
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct (“Standards”) when he performed financial planning services for a client’s (“Client”) father (“Client’s Father”) without providing to the Client’s Father a written financial planning agreement and written disclosures and when he received the Client’s Father’s funds through a bank account controlled by Respondent.

21403 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Letter of Admonition
Keyword(s): Professionalism; Customer Complaints; Arbitration; Unauthorized Transaction; Professional Discipline; Securities Laws Violation; Fitness
Standard(s) Violated: Article Article 3(a); 701; 606(a); 607; 201; 606(b)
Matter Type(s): FINRA Arbitration
Decision Date: 04/14/2010
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when she executed trades in a trust account without the trustee’s authorization.

21718 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Letter of Admonition
Keyword(s): Arbitration; Securities Laws Violation; Professional Discipline
Standard(s) Violated: Article 606(b); 701; 607; 201; Article 3(a); 406; 606(a)
Matter Type(s): FINRA Arbitration
Decision Date: 04/05/2011
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he: 1) corrected a trading error in a client’s account by reimbursing the client from his own personal funds, rather than following firm policy with respect to resolving trading errors; and 2) traded a security in his personal securities account ahead of trading the same security in a client’s account.

21744 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Revocation by DEC
Keyword(s): Professionalism; Client's Best Interest; Forgery; Misrepresentation; Professional Discipline; Unauthorized Transaction; Employer Policy Violation; Fraud Related to Professional Activity; Settlement
Standard(s) Violated: Article Article 3(d); 201; 406; 102; 103(c); 607; 202; 606(b)
Matter Type(s): FINRA Discipline; Client Dissatisfaction
Decision Date: 12/19/2008
Summary: Whether a candidate for CFP® certification violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he signed clients’ signatures on documents without their authorization.

22451 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Revocation by DEC
Keyword(s): Competency; Employer Policy Violation; Professional Discipline; Commission/Compensation; Suitability; Failure to Respond to CFP Board; Failure to Notify CFP Board; Disclosure to CFP Board; Conflict of Interest; Disclosure to Clients
Standard(s) Violated: Article 302; 401(a); 606(a); 408; 406; Article 3(d); 201; Article 3(e); Article 3(f)
Matter Type(s): Client Dissatisfaction; FINRA Arbitration
Decision Date: 08/10/2009
Summary: Whether a CFP® certificant violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he: 1) sold promissory notes to individuals who were not customers of his broker-dealer (“Broker-Dealer”) without notice to the Broker-Dealer; and 2) received compensation for the sale of the promissory notes without permission from the Broker-Dealer.

22702 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Private Censure
Keyword(s): Competency; Suitability; Fiduciary Duty; Misrepresentation; Diligence
Standard(s) Violated: Article Article 3(a); 201; 701; Article 3(g)
Matter Type(s): FINRA Arbitration
Decision Date: 08/10/2009
Summary: Whether a CFP® certificant violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he: 1) recommended that a client (“Client”) invest her entire individual retirement account portfolio in equity mutual funds; 2) illustrated the performance of the equity funds to the Client with an inappropriately high rate of return; and 3) did not obtain further information from the Client after she indicated conflicting investment goals.

22866 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Suspension
Keyword(s): Disclosure to Clients; Conflict of Interest; Client's Best Interest; Diligence; Suitability; Misrepresentation
Standard(s) Violated: Article 102; 607; 202; 606(b); 201; 701; 703; Article 3(a)
Matter Type(s): FINRA Arbitration
Decision Date: 12/28/2011
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he: 1) failed to disclose in the financial planning agreement that his employer had a material conflict of interest because it maintained “preferred supplier” relationships in which it received financial bonuses for selling the “preferred suppliers’” products that were in excess of the financial compensation it received for selling other products; 2) failed to provide the client with sufficient alternatives to his investment recommendations; 3) implemented his investment recommendations prior to presenting the client with the initial financial plan; and 4) placed a majority of the client’s assets in deferred annuities, which did not provide a regular income stream to meet the client’s projected expenses and did not meet their goal of minimizing estate taxes.

23335 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Private Censure
Keyword(s): Unauthorized Transaction; Disclosure to Clients; Professionalism; Diligence; Breach of Contract; Arbitration
Standard(s) Violated: Article Article 3(a); 606(b); 201; 701; 607
Matter Type(s): FINRA Arbitration; Client Dissatisfaction
Decision Date: 07/23/2010
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he repeatedly purchased securities in a non-discretionary account without authorization from the client (“Client”).

25200 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Granted Petition
Keyword(s): Commission/Compensation; Misrepresentation; Conflict of Interest; Loaning to Client; Disclosure to Clients; Securities Laws Violation; Competency; Commingling; Fiduciary Duty; Diligence
Standard(s) Violated: Article 402; 301; 606(b); Article 3(a); 607; 102; 606(a); 103(d); 302; 701; 403
Matter Type(s): CFP Board
Decision Date: 03/25/2011
Summary: Whether an applicant for reinstatement of his CFP® certification (“Respondent”) demonstrated rehabilitation by clear and convincing evidence that he complied with all disciplinary orders and provisions of the Disciplinary Rules and Procedures and is, once again, fit to use the CFP®, CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™, and certification marks.

27228 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Granted Petition
Keyword(s): Client's Best Interest; Suitability
Standard(s) Violated: Article Article 3(f); 607; 704; 406; 701; 606(a); 606(b); 202; 201
Matter Type(s): FINRA Arbitration
Decision Date: 07/27/2012
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he did not respond to a Complaint issued to him by CFP Board.

27841 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Letter of Admonition
Keyword(s): Client's Best Interest; Suitability; Customer Complaints; Securities Laws Violation
Standard(s) Violated: Article 201; 607; 701; 606(b)
Matter Type(s): FINRA Arbitration
Decision Date: 11/08/2013
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he sold clients a tenant in common (“TIC”) interest that concentrated the clients’ total net worth and investable assets into a single property without performing a cash flow analysis to determine if the clients would have sufficient income and liquid assets to cover their living expenses.

28165 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Suspension
Keyword(s): Professional Discipline; Client's Best Interest; Misrepresentation; Securities Laws Violation; Suitability
Standard(s) Violated: Article Article 3(a); 6.5; 4.3; 1.4; 4.4; Article 3(d); 5.1
Matter Type(s): FINRA Discipline
Decision Date: 07/31/2013
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he: 1) used discretion to buy and sell approximately 120 Inverse Floater CMOs for his clients’ accounts without obtaining prior written authorization from the clients and prior written acceptance of their accounts as discretionary by his firm, in violation of the firm’s policy, National Association of Securities Dealers (“NASD”, now known as the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. or “FINRA”) Rule 2510 and FINRA Rule 2010; and 2) was suspended by FINRA for violating FINRA rules.

28285 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Suspension
Keyword(s): Conflict of Interest; Professional Discipline; Outside Business Activity; Commission/Compensation; Employer Policy Violation; Client's Best Interest
Standard(s) Violated: Article 2.2(b); 6.5; 1.4; 5.1; 4.4; 4.3
Matter Type(s): FINRA Discipline
Decision Date: 09/10/2013
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he: 1) engaged in an outside business activity without providing notice and receiving prior written approval from his Firm; and 2) falsely certified to his broker-dealer that he was not engaged in outside business activity.

30850 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Suspension
Keyword(s): Failure-to-Report; Client's Best Interest; Fiduciary Duty; Misrepresentation; Suitability
Standard(s) Violated: Article Article 3(e); Article 3(d); Article 3(a); 4.5; 4.4; 4.3; 2.1; 1.4
Matter Type(s): FINRA Arbitration; Failure to Disclose to CFP Board; FINRA Discipline
Decision Date: 06/01/2018
Summary:

Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he (1) made an unsuitable investment recommendation to a client; (2) misrepresented the values of annuities being recommended to that client; (3) placed his interest above his client’s interest by making an unsuitable recommendation that resulted in more than $25,000 in commission fees for the Respondent; and (4) failed to report a subsequent suspension by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”) to CFP Board within 30 days.


30210 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Suspension
Keyword(s): Professionalism; Fiduciary Duty; Client's Best Interest; Professional Discipline; Securities Laws Violation; Misrepresentation
Standard(s) Violated: Article Article 3(d); Article 3(a); 4.4; 4.3; 2.1; 1.4
Matter Type(s): FINRA Discipline; FINRA Regulatory Action; Regulatory Action; Professionalism; Professional Organization Disciplinary Action; Other Professional Discipline
Decision Date: 02/01/2018
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he: (1) invested client resources into two hedge funds managed by the Respondent, when the sole investment of the funds was an Energy company with only one illiquid asset; (2) misrepresented the assets held by the hedge funds to investors; and (3) oversaw improper valuations of the hedge funds’ assets that were in violation of rules and regulations of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”). 

28738 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Suspension
Keyword(s): Fraud Related to Professional Activity; Disclosure to Clients; Diligence; Suitability; Client's Best Interest; Fitness
Standard(s) Violated: Article 202; 102; 703; 701; 401(b); 6.5; 406; 607; 702(a); 201
Matter Type(s): FINRA Arbitration
Decision Date: 06/09/2015
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he 1) failed to inform his clients of the taxes, penalties and interest associated with a Net Unrealized Appreciation (“NUA”) strategy; 2) failed to diligently follow up with the clients regarding the NUA strategy; 3) offered the Clients free advisory services, a refund of advisory/financial planning fees already paid and compensation for the early withdrawal penalty; and 4) did not provide documents requested by CFP Board.

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