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Iorio Altamirano LLP is investigating claims on behalf of customers of Calton & Associates, Inc. after the firm was censured, fined $250,000, and ordered to pay $472,007 in restitution to harmed investors by FINRA.

The sanctions involve supervisory failures between February 2014 and February 2020 related to suitability obligations connected with the sale of non-traditional and volatility-linked exchange-traded products (ETPs).  Non-traditional and volatility-linked ETPs are complex products intended to be held for short periods of time as part of a trading strategy rather than as buy-and-hold investments. Although the firm was aware of the complex nature of the products, Calton permitted its representatives to offer the products to retail customers without a reasonable supervisory system to properly understand the products’ features and risks and review and monitor transactions. Consequently, Calton representatives recommended non-traditional and volatility-linked ETPs to retail customers without understanding the products were intended for short-term trading rather than as buy-and-hold investments, and the firm’s customers held the products for longer periods of time, resulting in losses.

In addition, during the period from January 1, 2014, to June 21, 2018, Calton failed to offer retail customers educational materials prior to their first purchases of collateralized mortgage obligations (CMOs), and it failed to establish, maintain, and enforce a supervisory system, including written supervisory procedures (WSPs), reasonably designed to achieve compliance with FINRA rules.

Calton & Associates, Inc. is a Florida-based broker-dealer. According to publicly available records, the firm is facing a $500,000 customer complaint from an investor who suffered losses in his account. The investor’s account held positions in the GPB funds.

Iorio Altamirano LLP is investigating claims on behalf of defrauded investors who were victims in the GPB funds scheme. GPB Capital sold unregistered, high commission limited partnership interests in eight alternative-asset investment funds. The GPB funds were marketed to independent broker-dealers and investment advisers who would in turn sell the GPB funds to their retail investors. Public records filed with the SEC show that Calton & Associates, Inc. likely received sales compensation for selling the GPB funds to retail investors.

If you lost money in GPB funds with Calton & Associates, Inc., you may have a claim.

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