Articles Tagged with Unit Investment Trusts

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”) has suspended financial advisor Gary Bowman from the securities industry for three months and fined him $10,000.  FINRA alleged that between February 2013 through December 2017, Mr. Bowman engaged in an unsuitable pattern of short-term trading of Unit Investment Trusts in customer accounts.

Mr. Bowman has been a stockbroker at SagePoint Financial, Inc. in Corona, CA, since February 2013.

Iorio Altamirano LLP has also been investigating SagePoint Financial, Inc. over Unit Investment Trusts (UIT) early rollover practices.

Iorio Altamirano LLP is investigating claims on behalf of Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated (“Merrill Lynch”) customers who invested in Unit Investment Trusts (UITs). If you have lost money with Merrill Lynch, contact New York securities arbitration lawyers Iorio Altamirano LLP for a free and confidential review of your legal rights.

On June 25, 2021, Merrill Lynch and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”) entered into a Letter of Acceptance, Waiver, and Consent No. 2017053437701 (“AWC”) over allegations that between January 2011 and December 2015, Merrill Lynch violated NASD and FINRA rules for failing to maintain an adequate supervisory system and written procedures to monitor Unit Investment Trusts transactions.

As part of the AWC, Merrill Lynch was censured and agreed to a fine of $3.75 million. Merrill Lynch also agreed to pay over $8.43 million in restitution to customers.

Investing your money is a great way to grow your wealth, save for retirement, and reach your financial goals.  If you invest in the appropriate products, you can also receive income from investments, build on-pre-tax dollars, or reduce taxable income.

If you do not invest, you miss out on opportunities to increase your wealth.  However, all investments carry risk, and when you invest, you have the potential to lose money.

There are many different types of investments.  Some common types of investments include stocks, bonds, certificates of deposit, mutual funds, money market funds, exchange-traded funds, and annuities.  There are also more complex investment vehicles, such as real estate investment trusts (REITs), unit investment trusts (UITs), hedge funds, commodities, and private placements.

Iorio Altamirano LLP is investigating claims on behalf of Oppenheimer customers who invested in Unit Investment Trusts (UITs) at the firm through former Oppenheimer broker Frederick Levine and other financial advisors. If you have lost money with Oppenheimer or former Oppenheimer broker Frederick Levine contact New York securities arbitration lawyers Iorio Altamirano LLP for a free and confidential evaluation of your account.

Financial Advisor Frederick Levine (CRD#: 1765119)

FINRA has suspended financial advisor Frederick Levine from the securities industry for the 3-month period ending on December 20, 2020. He was also fined $5,000.

Iorio Altamirano LLP is investigating claims on behalf of Stifel, Nicolaus & Company customers who invested in Unit Investment Trusts (UITs). If you have lost money with Stifel, Nicolaus & Company, contact New York securities arbitration lawyers Iorio Altamirano LLP for a free and confidential evaluation of your account.

Stifel and FINRA entered into a Letter of Acceptance, Waiver, and Consent (“AWC”) on May 27, 2020, over allegations that between January 2012 and December 2016, Stifel violated FINRA rules. Specifically, that it:

  • Failed to establish and maintain a supervisory system, and failed to establish, maintain, and enforce written supervisory procedures (“WSPs”) that were reasonably designed to achieve compliance with FINRA’s suitability rule as it pertains to early rollovers of UITs.

Iorio Altamirano LLP is investigating claims on behalf of SagePoint Financial customers who invested in Unit Investment Trusts (UITs). If you have lost money with SagePoint, contact New York securities arbitration lawyers Iorio Altamirano LLP for a free and confidential evaluation of your account.

SagePoint and FINRA entered into a Letter of Acceptance, Waiver, and Consent (“AWC”) on June 10, 2020, over allegations that between January 2013 and December 2017, SagePoint violated FINRA rules. Specifically, that it:

  • Failed to establish and maintain a supervisory system, and failed to establish, maintain, and enforce written supervisory procedures (WSPs) that were reasonably designed to supervise the suitability of representatives’ recommendations to customers for early rollovers of Unit Investment Trusts (UITs).

FINRA has suspended financial advisor Ivan Shore from the securities industry for three months and fined him $5,000.  Ivan Shore has been a stockbroker at Oppenheimer & Co. Inc. since 1997.

FINRA alleged that between July 1, 2011, and December 31, 2015, Ivan Shore engaged in an unsuitable pattern of short-term trading of Unit Investment Trusts in customer accounts.

If you have lost money with Ivan Shore, contact New York securities arbitration law firm Iorio Altamirano LLP for a free and confidential evaluation of your accounts.

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