According to BrokerCheck records Todd Ryman (Ryman), now associated with SunTrust Investment Services, Inc. (SunTrust), has been subject to six customer complaints and one regulatory action in his career. According to records kept by The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Ryman has been accused by customers of unsuitable investment advice in a variety of securities including equities, private equity investment funds, and other types of investment vehicles. Some customers have also alleged unauthorized trading, misrepresentations and failure to follow instructions, among other claims.
One customer complaint filed in November 2016 alleged an unsuitable investment in a private equity fund resulting in $250,000 in damages. The claim was settled for $205,193.
Brokers have a responsibility treat investors fairly which includes obligations such as making only suitable investments for the client. In order to make a suitable recommendation the broker must meet certain requirements. First, there must be reasonable basis for the recommendation the product or security based upon the broker’s investigation and due diligence into the investment’s properties including its benefits, risks, tax consequences, and other relevant factors. Second, the broker then must match the investment as being appropriate for the customer’s specific investment needs and objectives such as the client’s retirement status, long or short term goals, age, disability, income needs, or any other relevant factor.
The number of complaints against Ryman are unusual compared to his peers. According to newsources, only about 7.3% of financial advisors have any type of disclosure event on their records among brokers employed from 2005 to 2015. Brokers must publicly disclose reportable events on their CRD customer complaints, IRS tax liens, judgments, investigations, and even criminal matters. However, studies have found that there are fraud hotspots such as certain parts of California, New York or Florida, where the rates of disclosure can reach 18% or higher. Moreover, according to the New York Times, BrokerCheck may be becoming increasing inaccurate and understate broker misconduct as studies have shown that 96.9% of broker requests to clean their records of complaints are granted.
Ryman entered the securities industry in 1995. From October 2009 until May 2011, Ryman was associated with Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated. From May 2011 until September 2016, Ryman was associated with Deutsche Bank Securities, Inc. From September 2016 through February 2017, Ryman was been associated with Raymond James & Associates, Inc. Finlly, since February 2017 Ryman has been registered with SunTrust out of the firm’s Atlanta, Georgia office location.
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