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12637 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Letter of Admonition
Keyword(s): Suitability; Fitness; Misuse of the Marks; Settlement; Arbitration; Customer Complaints; Professionalism
Standard(s) Violated: Article 606(b); 601; 607; 4.2; 606(a); 201
Matter Type(s): FINRA Arbitration
Decision Date: 06/21/2011
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when she: 1) engaged in a pattern of recommending that clients invest their entire retirement savings in unsuitable variable annuities and sub-account allocations, as evidenced by four National Association of Securities Dealers (“NASD,” now known as the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. or “FINRA”) arbitrations; and 2) when she used “cfp” after her name on her Web site.

13449 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Private Censure
Keyword(s): Professional Discipline; Professionalism; Lawsuits Involving Financial Matters; Suitability; Arbitration
Standard(s) Violated: Article 201; Article 3(a); 606(b)
Matter Type(s): FINRA Arbitration
Decision Date: 06/21/2011
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards Standards of Professional Conduct when he: 1) recommended clients over-concentrate their assets in annuities; 2) failed to adequately supervise while serving as both a broker-dealer principal and compliance officer of a broker-dealer in twenty-two states with fifty brokers and five registered investment advisors; 3) violated the state securities act (“Act”) resulting in a Settlement Order (“Order”); and 4) was named in a National Association of Securities Dealers (“NASD,” now known as the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority or “FINRA”) Arbitration.

13677 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Letter of Admonition
Keyword(s): Professionalism; Other Ethics; Arbitration; Professional Discipline
Standard(s) Violated: Article 102; 406; 606(b); 607; Article 3(a); 201; 606(a)
Matter Type(s): FINRA Arbitration
Decision Date: 10/17/2011
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he: 1) sold the major asset of his investment advisory firm for his own benefit and to the detriment of his minority shareholders, who were also investment advisory clients; 2) failed to disclose on his state insurance license renewal application that he had been named in National Association of Securities Dealers (“NASD,” now known as the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority or “FINRA”) arbitrations and customer complaints; and 3) engaged in an adulterous relationship with his client while both were married.

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.

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.

19888 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Private Censure
Keyword(s): Suitability; Arbitration; Professionalism
Standard(s) Violated: Article 606(b); 201; 607
Matter Type(s): FINRA Arbitration
Decision Date: 08/11/2008
Summary: Whether a candidate for CFP® certification violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he invested all of the life savings of a client in variable annuities.

20420 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Private Censure
Keyword(s): Suitability; Churning; Lawsuits Involving Financial Matters; Professional Discipline; Unauthorized Transaction; Diligence; Misrepresentation
Standard(s) Violated: Article Article 3(a); 701; 703; 201
Matter Type(s): Other Professional Discipline; Professionalism; FINRA Arbitration; Civil Court
Decision Date: 03/06/2008
Summary: Whether a candidate for CFP® certification violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he executed numerous trades in the account of a client without her approval.

21331 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Private Censure
Keyword(s): Professionalism; Suitability
Standard(s) Violated: Article Article 3(a); 201
Matter Type(s): FINRA Arbitration
Decision Date: 02/26/2009
Summary: Whether a CFP® certificant violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he invested a client’s retirement funds in aggressive investments that made the client’s cash positions no longer adequate to fund his required withdrawals.

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.

21547 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Private Censure
Keyword(s): Disclosure to Clients; Suitability; Commission/Compensation; Conflict of Interest; Client's Best Interest
Standard(s) Violated: Article Article 3(a); 607; 202; 201; 401(a)
Matter Type(s): FINRA Arbitration
Decision Date: 03/27/2009
Summary: Whether a CFP® certificant violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when she: 1) invested the majority of a client’s investment funds in a long-term contract when one of the client’s goals was liquidity; 2) did not inform the client of a federal tax benefit that would allow for liquidity; 3) did not disclose information about fees, charges or commissions regarding a variable annuity in which she invested the client’s funds; and 4) did not disclose to the client that Respondent was only authorized to sell long-term care insurance policies for one company.

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.

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.

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”).

23777 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Private Censure
Keyword(s): Professionalism; Suitability; Fitness; Customer Complaints; Professional Discipline
Standard(s) Violated: Article Article 3(a); 201; 606(b); 607; 606(a)
Matter Type(s): Other Professional Discipline
Decision Date: 08/11/2010
Summary: Whether a candidate for CFP® certification (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when his recommendation resulted in 70% of the clients’ assets being invested in annuities.

24265 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Private Censure
Keyword(s): Client's Best Interest; Negligence; Suitability; Diligence
Standard(s) Violated: Article 704; 201; 606(b); Article 3(a)
Matter Type(s): Professionalism
Decision Date: 11/28/2011
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional ("Respondent") violated CFP Board's Standards of Professional Conduct when he: 1) recommended that the client ("Client") replace her existing mutual funds with a variable annuity, thereby incurring additional fees and charges; 2) failed to research alternative options that would have been more beneficial to Client; and 3) placed over 75% of Client's investment assets in a long-term variable annuity with limited liquidity.

24453 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Letter of Admonition
Keyword(s): Misrepresentation; Customer Complaints; Suitability; Fitness
Standard(s) Violated: Article 606(b); Article 3(a); 607; 201
Matter Type(s): Client Dissatisfaction
Decision Date: 11/04/2011
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he recommended that an elderly client with a low net worth and a moderate-aggressive risk tolerance engage in futures contracts trading.

24481 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Letter of Admonition
Keyword(s): Fitness; Lawsuits Involving Financial Matters; Customer Complaints; Suitability; Professionalism; Misrepresentation; Settlement
Standard(s) Violated: Article 102; 606(b); 201; 607; Article 3(a)
Matter Type(s): Client Dissatisfaction
Decision Date: 10/17/2011
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he recommended that his unaccredited client with limited assets invest over half her assets in an illiquid investment that required investor accreditation.

24675 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Letter of Admonition
Keyword(s): Employer Policy Violation; Fitness; Customer Complaints; Suitability; Settlement
Standard(s) Violated: Article 606(b); 607; 201; Article 3(a); 406
Matter Type(s): Client Dissatisfaction
Decision Date: 04/04/2011
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he recommended that an elderly client with a low net worth and a moderate-aggressive risk tolerance engage in futures contracts trading.

25530 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Private Censure
Keyword(s): Arbitration; Suitability; Disclosure to CFP Board
Standard(s) Violated: Article 607; 703; 201; 606(b); 6.3; 102; 202
Matter Type(s): FINRA Arbitration
Decision Date: 04/03/2013
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he: 1) sold a client a variable annuity, which resulted in the concentration of the client’s assets in variable annuities and 10% early withdrawal penalties on the client’s monthly withdrawals; 2) held himself out as a financial planner providing comprehensive financial planning services but did not provide financial planning services to the client; and 3) failed to notify CFP Board of a change in his contact information within 45 days, in violation of Rule 6.3.

27037 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Private Censure
Keyword(s): Professional Discipline; Forgery; Suitability; Securities Laws Violation; Employer Policy Violation; Failure to Notify CFP Board
Standard(s) Violated: Article 606(a); 202; 6.5; 405; 607; 606(b); 201; 701; 406
Matter Type(s): FINRA Arbitration
Decision Date: 09/13/2013
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he: 1) sold 20,000 stock put options in SH and YH’s account, resulting in a total unrealized loss of $430,000 and a realized loss of almost $2 million; 2) charged SH and YH full commissions on their trades when they should have been entitled to discounted rates based on the size of their investment accounts; 3) charged SH and YH an exorbitant fee of 8% a year; 4) altered the clients’ new account forms with White-out, causing Firm to retain and preserve altered records and causing him to be suspended by Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”) for violation of firm policy and National Association of Securities Dealers (“NASD”) Conduct Rules 2110 and 3110; and 5) failed to report his FINRA suspension within 30 days.

27453 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Private Censure
Keyword(s): Conflict of Interest; Failure to Cooperate with Staff; Client's Best Interest; Lawsuits Involving Financial Matters
Standard(s) Violated: Article 202; 102; 201; 6.5; 702(a); 606(b); 6.1; 607
Matter Type(s): Civil Court
Decision Date: 09/17/2013
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he: 1) assisted a client to amend his living trust and pour-over will that provided compensation and assets to the client’s life partner and multiple charities; and 2) failed to respond to CFP Board’s requests for information.

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.

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.

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