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shutterstock_113632177-300x249According to BrokerCheck records kept by The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) advisor Robert Jamison (Jamison), formerly associated with PNC Investments, in December 2018, was sanctioned and barred from the securities industry by FINRA over accusations of potentially selling unapproved products.

In December 2018 FINRA alleged that Jamison consented to the sanction and to the entry of findings that he refused to provide testimony to FINRA related to allegations that he, in connection with private securities transactions, referred customers to an individual who was not registered and who may have recommended or sold unsuitable securities to those customers.

The providing of loans or selling of notes and other investments outside of a brokerage firm constitutes impermissible private securities transactions – a practice known in the industry as “selling away”.

At this time it is unclear the nature and scope of Jamison’s activities.  Jamison’s disclosures include any outside business activities (OBAs) disclosures.  The only disclosure is an involvement with Crump Life Insurance.

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shutterstock_88744093According to the BrokerCheck records kept by Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) broker Robert Delguercio (Delguercio) has been the subject of at least eight customer complaints, two financial matters, and one employment separation. The customer complaints against Delguercio allege a number of securities law violations including that the broker made unsuitable investments, unauthorized activity, negligence, fraud, and misrepresentations among other claims.

One customer complaint filed in September 2013, alleged that from February 2007, through February 2012, that Delguercio made unauthorized transfers of funds from her account and the claimant’s now deceased husband and alleging $10,400,000 in damages. Another complaint filed in May 2012, alleged that Delguercio made unauthorized transactions and liquidations in the customers accounts leading to claims of over $1.2 million.  After reading an earlier version of this article Mr. Delguercio reached out to our firm to comment stating that the woman in above arbitration provided a power of attorney to her husband and denies the charges made in the complaint.  Mr. Delguercio stated that he expects that his position will be vindicated in a future arbitration hearing on this matter.

Delguercio entered the securities industry in 1995. From 2004, until January 2010, Delguercio was registered with PNC Investments (PNC). Upon termination from PNC the firm filed a Uniform Termination form (Form U5) stating that the reason for the firm’s termination of Delguercio was due to allegations by the firm that Delguercio received a verbal complaint from a customer alleging that Delguercio misrepresented a GNMA Bond. PNC then reviewed the complaint and Delguercio resigned at that time. Delguercio disputes PNC’s account of events. Thereafter, from December 2009, through February 2012, Delguercio was associated with UBS Financial Services Inc. Finally, Delguercio has been a registered representative with Herbert J. Sims & Co. Inc. since February 2012.

shutterstock_145368937The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) fined and suspended broker Leonard Tanner (Tanner) concerning allegations between October 2010, and January 2014, Tanner executed discretionary transactions in approximately 90 accounts of customers under a verbal authorization but without prior written authorization from those customers or approval of his brokerage firm City Securities Corporation (City Securities).

Tanner became a broker with a FINRA firm in 1969. From July 1995 until October 2010, Tanner was associated with PNC Investments. Since October 2010, Tanner has been registered with City Securities.

FINRA alleged that Tanner exercised discretion in executing transactions in the accounts of approximately 90 customers. FINRA found that Tanner received prior verbal authorization from his customers for these transactions for their investment strategies but exercised discretion in executing those transactions. FINRA determined that Tanner did not obtain written authorization from his customers and that City Securities did not approve these accounts for discretionary trading.

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) sanctioned brokerage firm PNC Investments LLC, (PNC) concerning allegations from January 2008, through June 2009, PNC failed to establish a supervisory system, including written procedures, reasonably designed to achieve compliance with the FINRA rules in connection with the sale of leveraged, inverse, and inverse leveraged Exchange-Traded Funds (Non-Traditional ETFs).

Non-Traditional ETFs have grown in popularity since 2006.  By April 2009, over 100 Non-Traditional ETFs had been issued with total assets of approximately $22 billion.  Leveraged ETFs seek to deliver multiples an index or benchmark the ETF tracks.  Some Non-Traditional ETFs are “inverse” or “short” funds that return the opposite of the performance the index or benchmark. ETFs can also be both inverse and leveraged and return a multiple of the inverse performance of a index or benchmark.  Non-Traditional ETFs contain significant risks that are not found in traditional ETFs.   Non-Traditional ETFs have risks associated with a daily reset, use of leverage, and compounding.

In addition, the performance of Non-Traditional ETFs over long periods of time can differ significantly from the performance of the underlying index or benchmark it tracks.  For example, between December 2008, and April 2009, the Dow Jones U.S. Oil & Gas Index gained two percent while a leveraged ETF seeking to deliver twice the index’s daily return fell six percent.  In addition, a related ETF seeking to deliver twice the inverse of the index’s daily return fell by 26 percent over the same period.  These risks prompted FINRA to issue a Notice to Members clarifying brokerage firm obligations when selling Non-Traditional ETFs to customers.

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