Articles Tagged with First Standard Financial Company

shutterstock_94127350-300x205According to BrokerCheck records kept by The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) broker James Schwartz (Schwartz) has been subject to nine customer complaints, one tax lien, and one bankruptcy during his career.  Schwartz is currently not registered but was previously employed by Joseph Gannar & Co. LLC (Joseph Gunnar).  Many of the the customer complaints against Schwartz concern allegations of high frequency trading activity also referred to as churning and unsuitable investments.

In October 2018 a customer filed a complaint alleging that Schwartz violated the securities laws by engaging in breach of fiduciary duty, unsuitable investments, and negligence causing $32,871.30 in damages.  The claim is currently pending.

In May 2018 a customer filed a complaint alleging that Schwartz violated the securities laws by engaging in churning, unsuitable investments, unauthorized trading, and breach of fiduciary duty causing $150,000 in damages. The claim is currently pending.

In February 2018 a customer filed a complaint alleging that Schwartz violated the securities laws by engaging in unsuitable investments and unauthorized trading causing $1,694,099 in damages. The claim is currently pending.

In addition, Schwartz has one financial disclosure concerning a tax lien for $15,667 and declared bankruptcy in June 2017.  This information has been found to be material for investors to have because an advisor who cannot manage his own finances is a relevant factor for investors to consider.  In addition, a broker in financial distress may be influenced to recommend high commission products or strategies.

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shutterstock_102242143-300x169According to BrokerCheck records kept by The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) broker Roy Failla (Failla) has been subject to three customer complaints.  Failla is currently employed by First Standard Financial Company LLC (First Standard Financial).  Many of the customer complaints against Failla concern allegations of high frequency trading activity also referred to as excessive trading, churning, unauthorized trading, and unsuitable investments.

In May 2018 a customer filed a complaint alleging unsuitable and unauthorized trading.  The claim alleges $1,500,000 in damages and is currently pending.

In May 2010 a customer filed a complaint alleging churning, unsuitable trades, and misrepresentations claiming $417,000 in damages.  The complaint was settled for $40,000.

In February 2010 a client filed a complaint alleging unauthorized trading, fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, and excessive trading and claimed $299,817 in damages.  The claim was settled for $75,000.

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shutterstock_103665437According to the BrokerCheck records kept by Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) broker James Connors (Connors) has been the subject of at least two customer complaints. The customer complaints against Connors allege a number of securities law violations including that the broker made unsuitable investments and engaged in churning (excessive trading) among other claims.

Connors entered the securities industry in 1995. From August 2006 through October 2009, Connors was associated with J.P. Turner & Company, L.L.C. (JP Turner). Thereafter from October 2009, until November 2010, Connors was registered with Brookstone Securities, Inc. Brookstone Securities was thereafter expelled from the industry by FINRA.  From there, Connors was associated with Meyers Associates, L.P. Finally, Connors became associated with First Standard Financial Company LLC.

Some of these firms Connors has been associated with have been known to house troublesome brokers. For instance, Meyers Associates has an unusually high number of brokers with complaints on their records. According to FINRA, approximately twelve percent of registered representatives have some form of disclosure on their record. However, as we have previously reported, forty seven out of seventy five, or nearly sixty-three percent of the brokers employed by Meyers Associates, have a marked-up history as revealed by BrokerCheck. Even more disturbing is the fact that of those forty seven brokers have on average of 4.5 disclosure events per broker.