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Brokerage Firm Misconduct

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...

Portfolio Advisors Alliance, Inc. (Portfolio) was sanction by securities regulators, in part, due to Portfolio’s failure to perform due diligence concerning private placements, according to a settlement agreement entered into by Portfolio and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA). The Peiffer Wolf securities lawyers often represent...

Moving at a pace that will soon make him a strong competitor with industry giants LPL and Ameriprise Financial, real estate investor Nicholas Schorsch has purchased five independent brokerage firms since June, 2013.  In June, Schorsch announced the purchase of First Allied Holdings for an undisclosed amount. ...