Did you suffer investment losses with Wells Fargo Clearing Services (f/k/a Wells Fargo Advisors) (CRD# 19616) (SEC# 801-37967, 8-37180)?
Galvin Legal, PLLC is launching an investigation on behalf of investors who may have suffered losses investing with Wells Fargo Clearing Services (f/k/a Wells Fargo Advisors). If you suffered losses investing with Wells Fargo Clearing Services (f/k/a Wells Fargo Advisors), then Galvin Legal, PLLC may be able to help you recover your losses in a Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA“) arbitration claim.
UPDATE 4/11/2020:Â According toÂ FINRA’s March 2020 Disciplinary Actions: “Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC nka Wells Fargo Clearing Services, LLC (CRD #19616, St. Louis, Missouri) January 29, 2020 – An AWC was issued in which the firm was censured and fined $175,000. Without admitting or denying the findings, the firm consented to the sanctions and to the entry of findings that it failed to reasonably supervise a former registered representative who excessively traded equity positions in accounts belonging to an elderly customer. The findings stated that the customer was 88 years old when the trading commenced and that as a result of the excessive trading, she paid at least $300,000 in commissions and other fees. The firm’s computer program flagged the customer’s accounts for high velocity; however, the firm did not reasonably address these flags. Following its investigation, the firm discharged the representative responsible for the customer’s accounts. Ultimately, the firm paid $1 million in restitution to the customer in settlement of a complaint that she filed regarding the activity in her accounts. (FINRA Case #2017053034301)”
UPDATE 7/6/2020: The Secretary of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, William Galvin, announced that his office opened an investigations into Wells Fargo Advisors on March 8, 2018. The investigations seeks information related to inappropriate referrals of brokerage customers to managed and advisory accounts, unsuitable recommendations of alternative investments, as well as unsuitable referrals and recommendations in connection with 401(k) rollovers. Wells Fargo disclosed in a recent regulatory filing that it is “assessing whether there have been inappropriate referrals or recommendations, including with respect to rollovers for 401(k) plan participants, certain alternative investments, or referrals of brokerage customers to the Company’s investment and fiduciary services business.” As part of the investigation, Galvin’s office will be seeking additional information to determine the scope of Wells Fargo’s internal investigation, as well as reasonable assurances that any Massachusetts investors affected by unsuitable recommendations will be made whole. “I am aware that there has been a recent trend in the industry to push investors into wealth management accounts which may bring more revenues to the firm, but which are not suitable for all investors,” Galvin said. “Given the recent retirement savings crisis in America, referrals and recommendations involving 401(k) accounts should be closely scrutinized, in light of the Department of Labor’s Fiduciary Rule.” “Wells Fargo’s recent banking scandal, which involved opening bogus accounts for their customers, leads me to believe that where there is smoke, there’s fire,” Galvin continued. “I need to be assured that Massachusetts residents haven’t been burned by corporate greed.” See Secretary Galvin Opens Investigation Into Wells Fargo Advisors.
UPDATE 4/6/20: According to reports, the Securities and Exchange Commission has recently announced that Wells Fargo Advisors has agreed to pay $35 million over shortcomings with its investment recommendation practices.
UPDATE 9/30/16: On September 12, 2016, a FINRA Panel awarded a customer of the firm, Jeffrey Ball, $74,873 in compensatory damages and $187,181 in punitive damages. “The Panel found that [Wells Fargo] breached its fiduciary duty to [Mr. Ball], its customer, and [Wells Fargo’s] conduct demonstrated a conscious disregard for [Mr. Ball’s] interests. The evidence indicates that [Wells Fargo’s] procedures to initiate and process a request to liquidate and transfer a non-Automated Customer Account Transfer Service account (which also had a collateral lien), and the managerial oversight necessary to ensure prompt compliance with a customer’s instructions are seriously flawed and should be improved.”
As of April 4, 2020, Wells Fargo Clearing Services (f/k/a Wells Fargo Advisors)’s FINRA BrokerCheck Report contains the following:
163 Regulatory Event Disclosures
2 Civil Event Disclosures
294 Arbitration Disclosures
Main Office Location
ONE NORTH JEFFERSON AVENUE
MAIL CODE: H0004-050
ST. LOUIS, MO 63103
ONE NORTH JEFFERSON AVENUE
MAIL CODE: H0004-050
ST. LOUIS, MO 63103
Business Telephone Number
Wells Fargo Clearing Services (f/k/a Wells Fargo Advisors)’s Direct Owners and Executive Officers
WACHOVIA SECURITIES FINANCIAL HOLDINGS, LLC, SOLE MEMBER
ALEXANDER, JOHN WADE (CRD#:2327561), HEAD OF INTEGRATED BROKERAGE
CAPERTON, JULIE CIRCIO (CRD#:5166947), HEAD OF WEALTH CLIENT SOLUTIONS
CHASE, TERRY LEE (CRD#:823017), DESIGNATED STATE PRINCIPAL
HAYS, JAMES EDWARD (CRD#:1569212), PRESIDENT – CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER / BOARD OF MANAGERS
HUNTRUDDY, HEATHER (CRD#:2091956), HEAD OF CLIENT EXPERIENCE AND GROWTH/ BOARD OF MANAGERS
HURLEY, KEVIN BRADY (CRD#:1293748), CHIEF COMPLIANCE OFFICER (IA ONLY)
KARANIK, ERIK ANTHONY (CRD#:2260890), HEAD OF PRODUCTS AND BRANCH INFRASTRUCTURE/CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER/ BOARD OF MANAGERS
MCHALE, JAMES TIEBOUT (CRD#:6052977), BUSINESS CONTROL LEADER
METZ, KELLY (CRD#:2251657), PRINCIPAL OPERATIONS OFFICER/CHIEF OPERATIONS OFFICER/BACK OFFICE OPERATIONS
NADREAU, JOSEPH PETER (CRD#:2382449), HEAD OF WFA INNOVATION & STRATEGY/INDEPENDENT BROKERAGE AND PLATFORM SERVICES
SCHALLER, MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER (CRD#:5899085), PRINCIPAL FINANCIAL OFFICER
WILLIAMS, DAVID M (CRD#:2027711), CHIEF COMPLIANCE OFFICER
Due Diligence Requirement
FINRA requires broker-dealers 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.”
Broker-Dealers 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.
Rule 2111 is composed of three main obligations: reasonable-basis suitability, customer-specific suitability, and quantitative suitability.
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If you suffered losses investing with Wells Fargo Clearing Services (f/k/a Wells Fargo Advisors) and would like a free consultation with a securities attorney, then please call Galvin Legal, PLLC at 1-800-405-5117.
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Formerly Known As, Aliases, and Affiliates
EVEREN SECURITIES, INC., FIRST CLEARING, FIRST UNION SECURITIES, INC., KEMPER CAPITAL MARKETS, INC., KEMPER SECURITIES GROUP, INC., WACHOVIA SECURITIES, INC., WACHOVIA SECURITIES, LLC, A. G. EDWARDS & SONS, INC., EVEREN SECURITIES, INC., FIRST CLEARING, FIRST UNION SECURITIES, INC., KEMPER CAPITAL MARKETS, INC., KEMPER SECURITIES GROUP, INC., WACHOVIA SECURITIES, INC., WACHOVIA SECURITIES, LLC, A. G. EDWARDS & SONS, INC.