Articles Tagged with Capstone Church Capital Fund

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) recently sanctioned Capstone Asset Planning Company (CAPCO) alleging that from 2010 through 2012, CAPCO distributed communications to the public concerning the Capstone Fund that failed to accurately reflect the change in the fund’s performance.  In addition, FINRA alleged that the Capstone Fund’s website contained a misleading statement concerning the fund’s redemption policy and compared church bonds to corporate bonds without disclosing the material differences between them.  As a result, FINRA found that CAPCO violated the content and communications standards under Rules 2210(d)(1)(A), 2210(d)(2)(B), and 2210(d)(2)(B).

CAPCO is a brokerage firm with one office in Houston, Texas, and 22 registered representatives. CAPCO is a mutual fund underwriter and is a subsidiary of Capstone Financial Services, Inc.  CAPCO served as the principal underwriter and distributor of shares of the Capstone Church Capital Fund (Capstone Fund).  Capstone Fund’s holdings were approximately 87% church mortgage bonds and 13% church mortgage loans.  From 2009 to 2012, the net assets of the Capstone Fund declined as a result of the decrease in the fair value of the fund’s assets.  The Capstone Fund stopped accepting sales on January 24, 2013.

Under NASD Rule 2210(d)(1)(A) communications must be “based on principles of fair dealing and good faith,” “fair and balanced,” and must “provide a sound basis for evaluating the facts in regard to any particular security.”  Similarly, NASD Rule 2210(d)(1)(B) prohibits members from making “false, exaggerated, unwarranted or misleading statement or claim in connection with any communication.”

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