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Broker Misconduct

As President of PIABA, the Public Investors Arbitration Bar Association, Joe Peiffer has led the fight for federal regulations that would require stockbrokers to place their retirement clients ahead of their own self-interests. That dream may become a reality soon. The Department of Labor has proposed...

Joe Peiffer was recently quoted in On Wall Street about shortfalls in FINRA’s BrokerCheck service.  BrokerCheck does not disclose complete information about brokers. Joe, as president of the Public Investors Arbitration Bar Association (PIABA), drafted a letter to the SEC, along with Public Citizen and the...

Joe Peiffer was recently quoted in an article that appeared in the magazine Financial Planning. The article concerned brokers’ meaningless self-designations as “retirement specialists.” LPL Financial recently paid a fine of $250,000 in relation to ten of its Massachusetts-based advisers employing the title of “Retirement Income...

Harry Stokes orchestrated a Ponzi scheme and defrauded investors out of millions of dollars, according to a complaint filed in North Carolina state court. Stokes was licensed to sell investment products and owned an insurance firm, Contemporary Benefits Design, located in Monroe, North Carolina. Stokes admitted to...

Timothy David Burns, an investment professional in Conshohocken, Pennsylvania, was sanctioned by the Pennsylvania Department of Banking and Securities. Burns, owner and manager of ESG Wealth Management and ESG Family Services, consented to the sanctions levied by the Department of Banking and Securities arising out of...