Wells Fargo Broker Dealers Ordered by FINRA to Pay $3.4 Million in Restitution for Sale Practices Involving Volatility-Linked Exchange Traded Products (ETPs)

Wells Fargo Advisors Financial Network, LLC and Wells Fargo Clearing Services, LLC have been ordered by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) to pay over $3.4 million as restitution to customers relating to “unsuitable recommendations of volatility-linked exchange traded products (ETPs) and related supervisory failures.” It was discovered by FINRA that Wells Fargo’s registered representatives,…

Morgan Stanley Fined by FINRA for Failure to Supervise Relating to Unit Investment Trusts (UITs)

Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, LLC was fined by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) for “failing to supervise its representatives’ short-term trades of unit investment trusts (UITs).”  Approximately 3,000 of Morgan Stanley Smith Barney’s customers were affected. The firm was required by FINRA to pay approximately $3.5 million in fines and $9.78 million in restitution…

J.P. Morgan Securities, LLC Fined by FINRA for Failure to Conduct Adequate Background Checks

It was announced this week by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) that J.P. Morgan Securities, LLC has been fined $1.25 million “for failing to conduct timely or adequate background checks on approximately 8,600, or 95 percent, of its non-registered associated persons from January 2009 through May 2017.” As outlined by Susan Schroeder, Executive Vice-President…