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shutterstock_183011084The securities lawyers of Gana Weinstein LLP are investigating customer complaints filed with The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) against broker Edward Barger (Barger).  According to BrokerCheck records Barger has been subject to at least four customer complaints, two regulatory action, and one criminal matter.  The customer complaints against Barger allege securities law violations that including unsuitable investments among other claims.

In April 2016, a customer complained that Barger made unsuitable investments in his account from August 2011 until December 2015.  In May 2015, another customer alleged that Barger made unsuitable investments in the account from February 2011 until December 2014 causing damages of $300,000.

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.

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