Articles Tagged with H.D. Vest Investment Services

shutterstock_120556300-300x300According to BrokerCheck records kept by The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) former advisor Karl Foust (Foust), formerly associated with H.D. Vest Investment Services (HD Vest) in Boca Raton, Florida has been accused by at least seven clients of selling unsuitable investments in Wimbledon Health Partners leading to substantial investor losses..

In July 2018 a customer filed a complaint alleging that Foust recommended Wimbledon Health Partners LLC that was not suitable and were misrepresented to her. The customer alleged $100,000 in damages.  The claim is currently pending.

In March 2018 another customer filed a complaint alleging that Wimbledon Health Partners LLC, were not suitable and were misrepresented to him.  The customer alleged $95,000 in damages.  The claim is currently pending.

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shutterstock_160384289According to the BrokerCheck records kept by Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) broker Richard Whitley (Whitley) has been the subject of at least 13 customer complaints and one regulatory action that has resulted in Whitley being barred. FINRA launched an investigation into claims that Whitley recommended unsuitable investments to customers. In addition, to the regulatory bar from the agency, customer complaints against Whitley allege a number of securities law violations including that the broker made unsuitable investments, breach of fiduciary duty, misrepresentations and false statements, among other claims

Whitley entered the securities industry in 1982. From 1992, until August 2014, Whitley was registered with H.D. Vest Investment Services (HD Vest). In June 2015, Whitley was barred by FINRA from the financial services industry after failing to respond to the agencies investigation into claims

Advisers have an obligation to deal fairly with investors and that obligation includes making suitable investment recommendations. In order to make suitable recommendations the broker must have a reasonable basis for recommending the product or security based upon the broker’s investigation of the investments properties including its costs, benefits, risks, tax consequences, and other relevant factors. In addition, the broker must also understand the customer’s specific investment objectives to determine whether or not the specific product or security being recommended is appropriate for the customer based upon their needs.