The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) sanctioned (Case No. 2014040633301) broker Tyler Powell (Powell) concerning allegations that Powell exercised discretion in a customer’s account without obtaining prior written authorization from the customer.
Powell first became registered with FINRA in 2007 through his association with a A.G. Edwards & Sons, Inc. From January 2008, to August 2014, he was associated with Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC (Wells Fargo) and registered with FINRA. Since August 2014, Powell has been associated with Stifel, Nicolaus & Company, Incorporated (Stifel Nicolaus).
NASD Conduct Rule 2510(b) prohibits registered representatives from exercising discretion in a customer account unless the customer has provided written authorization to the broker and the brokerage firm to exercise discretion. Advisors are not allowed to engage in unauthorized trading. Such trading occurs when a broker sells securities without the prior authority from the investor. A broker must first discuss all trades with the investor before executing them. The SEC has also found that unauthorized trading to be fraudulent nature.
FINRA alleged that from February 2011, to June 2013, while associated with Wells Fargo, Powell effected approximately 159 discretionary transactions in the fee-based securities account of a customer without obtaining prior written authorization. FINRA found that the customer’s account was a non-discretionary fee-based account and the firm did not permit discretion in these types of accounts. FINRA found that Powell did not speak to the customer regarding every transaction and relied on his discussions with the customer in the execution of trades. FINRA found this conduct violated industry rules.
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