According to BrokerCheck records kept by The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) advisor James Anderson (Anderson), formerly associated with Ameritas Investment Corp. (Ameritas), and operating under the d/b/a name Central Financial Group was terminated by Ameritas in February 2019. Anderson was accused by Ameritas, upon conclusion of internal investigation, that he was found to have engaged in the sales of Indexed Annuities and Promissory Notes away from the firm.
In addition, in 2013 FINRA had found that during the exam period, Anderson was found to have sold Indexed Annuities that were not listed on the firm’s approved list. The transactions equaled to an undisclosed outside business activity, to which prompt/prior notice was not given to the firm.
The providing of loans or selling of notes and other investments outside of a brokerage firm constitutes impermissible private securities transactions – a practice known in the industry as “selling away”. At this point is unclear what securities or business activities Anderson was engaged in. His public disclosures state only that he operated out of his d/b/a firm Central Financial Group.