The securities lawyers of Gana LLP are investigating customer complaints filed with The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) against broker Jacquin Fink (Fink). According to BrokerCheck records Fink has been subject to at least six customer complaints. The customer complaints against Fink allege securities law violations that including unsuitable investments, misrepresentations, excessive trading, and unauthorized trading among other claims.
In April 2016, a customer complained that unsuitable investments were made and excessive trading occurred from October 2013 to January 2016 causing $581,144 in damages. The claim is pending. Also in April 2016, another customer alleged that unsuitable investment recommendations and misrepresentation occurred in August 2015. The claim is pending. In November 2015 a customer alleged unsuitable investment recommendations from October 2012 to August 2014 causing $106,092 in damages. The claim settled.
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.