May 2017- San Antonio, TX
According to publicly available records Dallas, TX-based WFG Investments Inc. discloses 23 final regulatory events.
The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) is the agency that licenses and regulates stockbrokers and brokerage firms. FINRA requires brokers and brokerage firms to report customer complaints and disputes as well as regulatory sanctions. In addition brokers are required to disclose certain financial matters such as personal bankruptcies, judgments and liens.
Most recently, in May 2017 FINRA censured and fined WFG Investments $150,000 to resolve allegations that it failed to supervise appropriately the sales practices of one of its brokers in its San Antonio, Texas branch who engaged in unsuitable trading in the accounts of his customers, primarily by inappropriately concentrating the accounts in low priced securities.
According to the settlement agreement with FINRA the vast majority of the broker’s customers held substantial positions in four or five low-priced securities. Most of these customers had at least 80% of their accounts concentrated in low-priced securities and/or illiquid and highly speculative private placement and REIT investments. According to FINRA, these excessive concentrations existed irrespective of the customer’s financial situation, risk tolerance and/or investment objectives.
FINRA found that senior personnel at WFG were aware of red flags that the broker (who is only identified by the initials “MB” ) was engaged in unsuitable trading in low priced securities but failed to take steps to prevent it. FINRA AWC No. 2015045755003.
WFG Investments has been a FINRA member since 1988 and has over 200 registered representatives in 188 branch offices nationwide.
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