Articles Tagged with Scott Smith

Please note: This article does NOT relate to Scott D. Smith – a current Ameriprise Advisor.

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) sanctioned broker Scott Smith (Smith) concerning allegations that between October 2009 and January 2013, Smith mismarked as unsolicited order tickets for thousands of trades that were actually solicited by the broker. By doing so, FINRA found that Smith caused Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc.’s (Ameriprise) books and records to be inaccurate.

Smith entered the securities industry in 1982. Since 2005, Smith has be associated with Ameriprise until his registration was terminated in February 2013. FINRA alleged that from October 2009 through January 2013, Smith executed 8,169 trades. According to FINRA, Smith marked the order tickets for 6,207 of those trades, or 76%, as being unsolicited.  An unsolicited trade means that the broker did not make a recommendation to the client to purchase the particular security. By marking a trade as unsolicited, the broker typically is claiming that the investment opportunity was not brought to the client’s attention by the broker and instead the client instructed the broker to execute the trade on his or her behalf.

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