FINRA has filed an enforcement complaint against Stephen Sloane, alleging that from January 2014 to January 2018, he recommended an unsuitable investment strategy to at least 14 customers. The complaint alleges that Sloane did not have a reasonable basis for recommending that his customers engage in active, short-term trading of U.S. Treasuries with 10- and 30-year maturities. FINRA alleged that Sloane did not conduct reasonable diligence to understand the effect of the strategy’s costs on the customers’ potential returns. FINRA has also alleged that Sloane charged five customers excessive markups in violation of FINRA Rule 2121 and 2010.
Stephen Sloane was a financial advisor and registered representative at the following firms:
- Westpark Capital, Inc., New York, NY (March 2016 – August 2020); and