According to BrokerCheck records financial advisor Mitchell Black (Black), currently employed by Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc. (Ameriprise) has been subject to six customer disputes during his career. According to records kept by The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), the majority of customer complaints against Black concerns allegations over variable annuity sales practices.
In March 2019 a customer filed a complaint alleging that Black violated the securities laws by, among other things, that Black recommended inappropriate variable annuities in 2013 and 2014 and misrepresented the associated provisions causing $1,000,000 in damages. The claim was denied by the firm.
In May 2014 a customer filed a complaint alleging that Black violated the securities laws by, among other things, that Black sold unsuitable variable annuities, REITs, and was charged excessive commissions and fees of $40,000. The claim was settled for $24,787.
In March 2011 a customer filed a complaint alleging that Black violated the securities laws by, among other things, that Black sold unsuitable variable annuities, insurance policies, and VULs causing $750,000 in damages. The claim was settled for $126,424.
Variable annuities are complex financial and insurance products. In fact, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) released a publication entitled: Variable Annuities: What You Should Know encouraging investors to ask questions about the variable annuity before investing. Essentially, a variable annuity is a contract with an insurance company under which the insurer agrees to make periodic payments to you. The investor chooses the investments made in the annuity and value of your variable annuity will vary depending on the performance of the investment options chosen. The primary benefits of variable annuities are the death benefit and tax deferment of investment gains.
However, the benefits of variable annuities are often outweighed by the terms of the contract that include exorbitant expenses such as surrender charges, mortality and expense charges, management fees, market-related risks, and rider costs.
Black entered the securities industry in 2003. Since July 2003 Black has been registered with Ameriprise out of the firm’s Overlandk Park, Kansas office location.
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