According to BrokerCheck records financial advisor Russell Blum (Blum), currently employed by International Assets Advisory, LLC (International Assets) has been subject to two customer complaints, one tax lien, and one employment termination for cause during his career. According to records kept by The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), the complaints against Blum concern allegations of unsuitable investments and allegations of overconcentration.
In August 2018 Blum was terminated by SunTrust Investment Services over allegations that the representative did not follow firm procedure regarding updates to his Investment Advisor brochure supplement.
In May 2017, Blum disclosed a tax lien of $99,000 with the IRS. The fact that a broker cannot manage his own personal finances is material information for a client to consider. In addition, an advisor with poor personal finances may be incentivized to sell unsuitable or high commission products that may be recommended to generate high profits for the advisor at the expense of the client.
In May 2016, a customer complained that Blum recommended investments that caused over $1.3 million in damages. The claim was denied.