Did you lose money investing with Curtis Smiley (CRD# 444310)?
Galvin Legal, PLLC is launching an investigation on behalf of investors who may have suffered losses investing with Curtis Smiley. If you suffered losses investing with Curtis Smiley, then Galvin Legal, PLLC may be able to help you recover your losses in a Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA“) arbitration claim.
As of July 31, 2020, Curtis Smiley’s FINRA BrokerCheck Report contains the following:
2 Customer Dispute(s)
Current and Previous Registrations
12/03/2012 – 04/29/2020 PRIMEX (CRD#:29394) NEW YORK, NY
10/31/2011 – 08/02/2012 SANDLAPPER SECURITIES, LLC (CRD#:137906) GREENVILLE, SL
FINRA expelled the firm on 06/30/2020
02/16/2011 – 06/13/2011 MCL FINANCIAL GROUP, INC. (CRD#:41180) TAMPA, FL
02/09/2008 – 02/13/2009 STEVEN L. FALK & ASSOCIATES INC. (CRD#:14297) LAS VEGAS, NV
02/01/2005 – 02/06/2008 INDEPENDENT FINANCIAL GROUP, LLC (CRD#:7717) TAMPA, FL
07/20/2004 – 02/04/2005 GUNNALLEN FINANCIAL, INC (CRD#:17609) TAMPA, FL
12/04/2001 – 07/25/2002 GUNNALLEN FINANCIAL, INC (CRD#:17609) TAMPA, FL
Due Diligence Requirement
FINRA requires broker’s to conduct due diligence on investments and to conduct a suitability analysis when recommending securities to a customer that takes into account the customer’s knowledge and experience. FINRA Rule 2111(a) states that “a member or an associated person must have a reasonable basis to believe that a recommended transaction or investment strategy involving a security or securities is suitable for the customer, based on the information obtained through the reasonable diligence of the member or associated person to ascertain the customer’s investment profile. A customer’s investment profile includes, but is not limited to, the customer’s age, other investments, financial situation and needs, tax status, investment objectives, investment experience, investment time horizon, liquidity needs, risk tolerance, and any other information the customer may disclose to the member or associated person in connection with such recommendation.”
Rule 2111 is composed of three main obligations: reasonable-basis suitability, customer-specific suitability, and quantitative suitability. Brokers and the brokerage firms they work for that fail to conduct adequate due diligence on investments they recommend or that make unsuitable recommendations can be held responsible for the customer’s losses in a FINRA arbitration claim.
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